Culture, Human Rights

de Beauvoir and Engels, contemplating on manly scenes in Cubao

An arcade game in Cubao: Shoot a naked woman and you get rejuvinated.

An arcade game in Cubao: Play an assassin. Set sight on a naked woman and get rejuvenated.

“When the ‘charming woman’ shows herself in all her splendour, she is a much more exalting object than the ‘idiotic paintings, over-doors, scenery, showman’s garish signs, popular reproductions’, that excited Rimbaud; adorned with the most modern artifices, beautified according to the newest techniques, she comes down from the remoteness of the ages, from Thebes, from Crete, from Chichén-Itzá; and she is also the totem set up deep in the African jungle; she is a helicopter and she is a bird; and there is this, the greatest wonder of all: under her tinted hair the forest murmur becomes a thought, and words issue from her breasts. Men stretch forth avid hands towards the marvel, but when they grasp it it is gone; the wife, the mistress, speak like everybody else through their mouths: their words are worth just what they are worth; their breasts also. Does such a fugitive miracle – and one so rare – justify us in

At a bus plying Edsa

At a bus plying Edsa

perpetuating a situation that is baneful for both sexes? One can appreciate the beauty of flowers, the charm of women, and appreciate them at their true value; if these treasures cost blood or misery, they must be sacrificed.”

From Simone de Beauvoir, The Second Sex

“What we can now conjecture about the way in which sexual relations will be ordered arter the impending overthrow of capitalist production is mainly of a negative character, limited for the most part to what will disappear. But what will there be new? That will be answered when a new generation has grown up: a generation of men who never in their lives have known what it is to buy a woman’s surrender with money or any other social instrument of power; a generation of women

Mousepad

A mousepad for sale

who have never known what it is to give themselves to a man from any other considerations than real love or to refuse to give themselves to their lover from fear of the economic consequences. When these people are in the world, they will care precious little what anybody today thinks they ought to do; they will make their own practice and their correspondiong public opinion about the practice of each individual — and that will be the end of it.”

From Frederick Engels, The Origin of the Family, Private Property and the State

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