Sex and Religion

Finding Religion and Spirituality in Population, Gender, Sexuality, and Reproductive Health Advocacy in the Philippines.

Monday, September 25, 2006

War of Wor(l)ds

"The medium is the message."

Marshall Mc Luhan, 1967

Holy man
Speaks of peace
deepest hate.

Unworldly wise
seeks merely
to advise
through soulful
(or as is claimed)
in scholar's tone
not to preach
upon throne
but successfully
lays the bait.

he mourns
the chasm
Fury of the irate
and reason
adorn the costume
that is Faith.

Karol R.Austria
Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Meet VAN - RGS Participant # 2

Vanessa Theresa Paroni Dugenia
Democratic Socialist Women of the Philippines (DSWP)
4A Maalindog St., UP Village, Diliman, Quezon City

Tel Nos: 92717-66; 92563-95
Telefax No: 43643-84
Email Address:

Democratic Socialist Women of the Philippines (DSWP) is a national federation of 157 accredited grassroots community, and sector-based chapter organizations that promotes and advances socialist feminism in 13 regions of the country. The federation's membership is drawn from the various marginalized sectors in Philippine society. DSWP recognizes the importance of addressing both women's practical and strategic needs and this, implements programs and projects to respond to these.

We envision the DSWP as a strong, credible, self-sustaining and socialist feminist federation of grassroots and community-based women able to significantly contribute to the Filipino women's empowerment in a just, human, egalitarian, peaceful and progressive society that fully recognizes respects and promotes the rights of all its citizens.

Van is DSWP's Information Officer (IO). Her principal functions include leading the conceptualization, development, production and distribution of Information, Education and Communication (IEC) such as quarterly comics and newsletters, information pack and training handbooks for women in the informal sectors.

She directly reports to the project coordinator. Her other responsibilities include: providing documentation and research work for the various publications and/or other project components' IEC materials; designing evaluation instruments; writing/contributing to publications; writing position papers, letters, press releases and other advocacy papers; preparing project and organizational presentation materials; assisting in media monitoring activities and perform other tasks that may be necessary to achieve project and organizational objectives.

Van maintains a personal blog entitled "unleash the balderdash", which up to now I stil have to know the meaning.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

PILLOW TALK on 28Sep06

The Reproductive Health Advocacy Network - Youth (RHAN Youth), Philippine NGO Council on Population, Health & Welfare Inc. (PNGOC) together with the Women’s Health Care Foundation (WHCF) tied up with the Alpha Phi Omega Sorority (APO) UP Diliman Chapter with assistance from the United Nations Population Fund 6th Country Programme (UNFPA) to conduct a forum on Empowering Women for Reproductive Health entitled "PILLOW TALK".

This forum will take place on September 28, 2006 at Claro M. Recto UP Diliman Quezon City at 1PM to 5PM.

We hope that you can come and be a part of the said forum. Registration is FREE.

Thank you and we are looking forward in seeing you there.

Paolo Antonio Fernando
Philippine NGO Council on Population Health & Welfare Inc.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

The Pope's Words - NYT September 16 2006

Published: September 16, 2006

There is more than enough religious anger in the world. So it is particularly disturbing that Pope Benedict XVI has insulted Muslims, quoting a 14th-century description of Islam as “evil and inhuman.”

In the most provocative part of a speech this week on “faith and reason,” the pontiff recounted a conversation between an “erudite” Byzantine Christian emperor and a “learned” Muslim Persian circa 1391. The pope quoted the emperor saying, “Show me just what Muhammad brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached.”

Muslim leaders the world over have demanded apologies and threatened to recall their ambassadors from the Vatican, warning that the pope’s words dangerously reinforce a false and biased view of Islam. For many Muslims, holy war — jihad — is a spiritual struggle, and not a call to violence. And they denounce its perversion by extremists, who use jihad to justify murder and terrorism.

The Vatican issued a statement saying that Benedict meant no offense and in fact desired dialogue. But this is not the first time the pope has fomented discord between Christians and Muslims.

In 2004 when he was still the Vatican’s top theologian, he spoke out against Turkey’s joining the European Union, because Turkey, as a Muslim country was “in permanent contrast to Europe.”

A doctrinal conservative, his greatest fear appears to be the loss of a uniform Catholic identity, not exactly the best jumping-off point for tolerance or interfaith dialogue.

The world listens carefully to the words of any pope. And it is tragic and dangerous when one sows pain, either deliberately or carelessly. He needs to offer a deep and persuasive apology, demonstrating that words can also heal.

Related Articles
Pope Assails Secularism, Adding Note on Jihad (September 13, 2006)
Pope Urges Muslims to Confront Terrorism (August 21, 2005)
Pope Says Terror Mustn't Hurt Faiths' Ties (July 21, 2005)
Pope Benedict Reaches Out to Muslims (April 26, 2005)

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Friday, September 15, 2006

Updates and announcement from PLCPD

[This notice was emailed by Ethel of PLCPD]

House Bill 5028 - Mandanas Bill

There was no discussion made on the content of the bill, nor was there any chance for the resource speakers to present their position in the hearing. Some of our champions came, namely reps Macias, Biron, Marcoleta and Lagman, ready to block the passage of HB 5028. FPOP and Likhaan were also there as resource persons.

The committee focused on the first item in the agenda, which was a local bill filed by Cong. Alan Peter Cayetano. Seeing that the discussion on the Cayetano bill is becoming lengthy, our champions decided to continue this discussion which will also delay deliberations on the mandanas bill.

However, Cong. Mandanas was allowed to make a manifestation towards the end of the hearing. He insisted that since HB 5028 was already "essentially" approved in the previous hearing and that the reason why it was opposed was only because of the title, he motioned for the committee to approve the bill as he is very willing to change the title. Rep.Marcoleta raised his objection as it wasnt true that the Mandanas bill was "essentially" approved in the previous hearing and that the title is the only questionable part of the bill. he suggested to continue to hold deliberations on the bill which was agreed upon by the Chair (Cong. Yapha). Yapha said that the committee might schedule another hearing next week.


The Committee on revision of laws has scheduled a hearing on the Buhay and Marcoleta bills on Sept. 20 (Wednesday), 9.30 am, Rms 9 and 10, Ramon Mitra. This will be the first public hearing on the bills but just to be sure that we won't get outvoted if there would be a motion to approve, we are going to try to mobilize our champions. The only problem is that Rep. Mayong Aguja is the only RH champion who is a member of the committee. We need to get our champions deputized so that they have voting powers as well.

Some of the rhan orgs were already invited to present their position on the bills. It is important that this bill is blocked immediately. We request your presence on this hearing.

View related Statement on HB 5028 submitted by Womenlead here

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Feminist Sexual Ethics Project Public ConferenceBeyond Slavery: Overcoming Its Religious and Sexual Legacy

I came across this a while back. It seems very interesting that is, if you can afford to attend it ;-) or are lucky enough to get a scholarship. Anyway, I think its not too late to express interest in joining it.

Warmest regards,


Feminist Sexual Ethics Project Public Conference
Beyond Slavery: Overcoming Its Religious and Sexual Legacy
Brandeis University
October 15-16, 2006

Many people think they know exactly what religion teaches about sexual morality, namely that everyone should abstain from premarital sex, that marriage is a sacred bond between one man and one woman, that the principal purpose of sex is procreation, and that life begins at conception. Yet the teachings of these three religions are not so simple: marriage has not always been defined as the union of one man and one woman; marriage has not always been seen as sacred; Jewish, Christian, and Muslim leaders have at times tolerated and sometimes even condoned pre- and extra-marital sex; contraception and abortion have not always and under all circumstances been prohibited.

Furthermore, it is widely believed that traditional religious teachings on sexuality promote the full dignity of all persons. Yet slavery, which found acceptance in the ancient religious texts, has frequently involved the sexual exploitation of women and girls. In the days of plantation slavery in the US, the law permitted a master to rape his slave woman, force her to endure the sexual abuse of her children, and sell her children away; meanwhile, Christian ministers who actively promoted slavery from the pulpit were able to find support for their position in the Bible itself.

The toleration of slavery in the ancient religious texts should give us pause: it reveals that the values of mutuality and consent were not central to the ethics they promoted. The idea that one person may own another person’s body is embedded in the ethics—including the sexual ethics—of all three religions. Because we know that sexuality without mutuality and consent is fertile ground for abuse, for sexual ethics, meaningful consent and mutuality are absolutely vital. For this reason, we need to transform religious sexual ethics. This transformation will benefit religious and non-religious people alike, because the ancient religious texts continue to influence not only clergy and religious practitioners but also policy makers and legislators.

At the Feminist Sexual Ethics Project, we see the legacy of slavery as the greatest obstacle to creating sexual ethics that are based on the full human dignity of all persons. We envision an ethic of sexuality rooted in freedom, mutuality, consent, responsibility, and female (as well as male) pleasure, and we are working to make that vision reality.Visit the Official Website

Tuesday, September 05, 2006


Wow! Yan na raw ang worth ng blog ng kabandana? Hmmm! Chuva!

My blog is worth $2,258.16.
How much is your blog worth?

Friday, September 01, 2006

Misuses of language relating to “HIV/AIDS or HIV and AIDS"

A repost from Dr. Patrick Dixon's blog <> on a UN Secretariat advisory early this year.

He wrote "One of the most common misuses of language relates to 'HIV/AIDS or HIV and AIDS'. This terminology is no longer considered appropriate and in most cases the two terms should not be used together".

Old usage »» Current preferred usage
HIV/AIDS »» HIV unless specifically referring to AIDS
HIV/AIDS »» AIDS diagnosis or HIV-related disease
HIV/AIDS epidemic »» AIDS epidemic or HIV epidemic
HIV/AIDS prevalence »» HIV prevalence
HIV/AIDS prevention »» HIV prevention
HIV/AIDS testing »» HIV testing
People living with HIV/AIDS »» People living with HIV

By: Zimmbodilion Mosende
RGS Kabandana Batch (June 2006)