Let's talk about boys and the toxic 'Maria Clara' trope

Jan 12, 2023 0 comments

“Mariah Clara” became one of the trending topics on Twitter Philippines on Wednesday night after a Tiktok video from a male student from De Lasalle University got viral after mistakenly referring  Maria Clara as Mariah Clara.

"One of the most common misconceptions about guys from Lasalle is that we like wild girls. For the truth is, we actually like girls who ate conservative and classic Filipinas, like you know, like Mariah Clara," said the guy in the video.

The twitter-verse quickly catches the mistake, hence the birth of the new memes.







The Maria Clara Trope

The Maria Clara trope is a characterization of a Filipino woman as demure, submissive, and self-sacrificing.

This trope can be dangerous for Filipinos because it reinforces harmful stereotypes about women and can discourage them from asserting their own autonomy and agency. Additionally, this trope can also perpetuate the idea that women must always prioritize the needs of others above their own. This can also perpetuate the idea of men being superior, leading to discrimination and even violence against women. It's limiting the way they can be represented in media, and literature, and how they're viewed by society.

Many Filipinas are indeed strong. They have historically played important roles in their families and communities and have often been called upon to be the primary caregivers and providers for their loved ones. Even in the face of adversity, Filipinas have demonstrated remarkable resilience and determination. They have achieved many successes in various fields, including politics, business, and the arts. Additionally, many Filipinas have been and are at the front line in the fight for gender equality and women's rights, working tirelessly to bring about change and challenge the stereotypes that have long been associated with their gender.

It is important to remember that Filipinas and all women should be valued and respected for who they are and not just by the stereotypes imposed on them.


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