Sunday, July 13, 2003

zsa zsa zaturnnah: beyond gender politics

Carlo Vergara's segment on Knowledge Power came out yesterday and I was happy with how the feature went.

The reporters and editors were able to show the important thing behind the surface gloss attributed to Zsa Zsa Zaturnnah: that it is a story about us Filipinos - how, despite the strange and often inexplicable things that occur in our daily lives, we choose to laugh and move on. Regardless of gender or whatever class, categories or other distinction people attempt to use.

Zsa Zsa Zaturnnah is not Darna. It does not try to be the "new" Darna. It is Zsa zsa - it is itself.

Zsa Zsa Zaturnnah is not about homosexuality, though it is easy to categorize it as being a flagbearer for that agenda. It is about people. To pigeonhole the text as simply "gay" is to see only a fraction of its worth.

If you still haven't read it, go and get a copy.

(Thanks to the Madman for the vidcaps).


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