I do find that Maid in the Philippines discussion condescending of my people!

@eileenleyva (14893)
Philippines
June 13, 2010 9:10am CST
That discussion is branding the Filipinos maids and thereby lowly. The discussion starter may have phrased her words carefully but all her intents and purposes mean only one thing, to demoralize the Filipino. That is racism.
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@yresh12 (3217)
• Philippines
13 Jun 10
Hi eileen! I think that it wasn't demoralizing at all. I read the thread...
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@eileenleyva (14893)
• Philippines
13 Jun 10
It was written well. But when you read between the lines and then look at the bigger picture, the Filipinos has been branded as maids again. We had been trying to emerge as work force of the world, in every field, and not just domestic help.
@yresh12 (3217)
• Philippines
14 Jun 10
I understand what you mean. I think that being a maid is not degrading and its a decent job.
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• Philippines
16 Jun 10
@yresh . .. Thank you that you have read my discussion first before making a comment. I am glad that you have fully understood what I wanted to convey. @Eileen . . "But when you read between the lines and then look at the bigger picture, the Filipinos has been branded as maids again." . .Where is the statement that will tell you that Filipinos are branded as maids? . . .
@aseretdd (13736)
• Philippines
16 Jun 10
I honestly did not fine anything offesive about the discussion... i even read between the lines and i still think it was a discussion about a sector in our country that gives service to families... My mother worked as a maid when she was still single and i had aunts and cousins who worked and are still working as Domestic helpers in other countries... and i don't think that is something to be ashamed of... since the are doing honest work and are providing well for their families here in the philippines... I must admit that a lot of people from other countries think of filipinos as maids but there are countries which consider hiring filipina maids as a social status because they are more expensive to hire compare to those that come from other third world countries... now... is that something to be proud of or not?...
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@eileenleyva (14893)
• Philippines
16 Jun 10
True there is nothing to be ashamed of being a maid. A person is as honorable as her own character is. My point is about the allusion of the Filipina as a maid. It is as if the Filipino has nowhere to go but perform menial jobs. And worse, the Filipina is also being accused of dishonesty and indolence. Those are the things I want the world to veer us away from, a stigma that we cannot rise from what the aliens had sculptured us to be.
• Philippines
16 Jun 10
@Aseretdd . . . Thank you for reading my post first before making a comment. I am so thankful that you were able to understand what I wanted to say. I never thought of anything bad or dishonorable about the job nor did I try to demean Filipinos. @Eileen . . You are going too far and your statements are beyond the meaning of what I have written, even if you read betweent he lines . ."My point is about the allusion of the Filipina as a maid. It is as if the Filipino has nowhere to go but perform menial jobs. And worse, the Filipina is also being accused of dishonesty and indolence" . . check your statements .. . .
@aseretdd (13736)
• Philippines
16 Jun 10
Eileenleyva... no race or group of people in this world is perfect... even with Filipinos there are those who are capable of committing dishonesty... i worked abroad for two years and there were some who were sent home or deported because they did something that is against the law... they were found guilty of violating the law... thus they were punished... i can never say that they were unjustly punished because there were a lot of witnesses... Dorisday... i did not find anything demeaning in your discussion... and i think it was smartly constructed... with a thinge of humor...
• Philippines
13 Jun 10
Hello there, i have read the discussion. primarily the discussion talks about mostly about maids all time interest, and that is to watch telenovela and tagalog movies on cinema one. i don't find it as a form of racism but you know, you can always report it to the admin. the one thing that gets my attention as racism is when Filipina was defined as a MAID, that is Racism, i believe they took that out of the dictionary or something. i guess people should report that if they feel offended by the title.
@eileenleyva (14893)
• Philippines
13 Jun 10
I was absolutely offended by the title.
• Philippines
14 Jun 10
I think she just found the title catchy.. And it does say In the not FROM the.. So I guess there's a big difference in that. I was not offended at all, but if you were really offended then you should report it. After all, we all have our own opinions.
• Philippines
16 Jun 10
It was me who started that discussion I never had that intent to degrade nor to destroy the image of Filipinos. There was no meaning between the lines either. If Eileen think that the topic is condensing, well it is her own perception. But to think that the discussion is a form of racism,maybe the interpretation is absolutely wrong. And to think that the matter should be reported as abuse, I guess it would so unfair to me for I haven't violated any abuses or racism in the first place. @ Letran . .I don't understand this either . . . ."the one thing that gets my attention as racism is when Filipina was defined as a MAID, that is Racism, i believe they took that out of the dictionary or something. i guess people should report that if they feel offended by the title" . . . I have never mentioned anything about defining Filipina as a MAID! . . . @Ingkingderders . . . Thank you for being so open minded that you got what I mean ..
@xtedaxcvg (3190)
• Philippines
13 Jun 10
I agree with the above posts. I don't think that discussion is racist. I take it you think lowly of maids. I believe it is a noble and honest job.
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@eileenleyva (14893)
• Philippines
13 Jun 10
Nope, I do not think of a maid as lowly. In fact, one of our maids before is a confidante/friend right now. I was talking in the context that the Filipinos are being branded as maids. By the discussion starter's premises, Filipino maids are domestic helps who go gaga over movies and could be petty thieves. That ain't nice at all.
• Philippines
16 Jun 10
@Eileen . . . I have never branded Filipinos as maids . . You are interpreting it in the negative! .. . As discussion starter, it never came to my mind in the first place that Filipinos are maids. . It is in this discussion that you feed to other people's the negative connotation. . ..
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@eileenleyva (14893)
• Philippines
17 Jun 10
Doris, I think you did not think about the consequences of what a title like Maid in the Philippines could connote. It sounds Made in the Philippines, and as if it was nice when you read it. But there is a whole lot of difference with those two words. Think first before you write. Yes, it could be interpreted in the negative.
@nangisha (3503)
• Indonesia
15 Jun 10
Hi Eileenleyva................ I know exactly how you feel. I feel that way when people of Malaysian degrading my people because my people work there as servant and farm worker. I treat them really bad and sometimes treat them like cattle. They look at them lowly and make stigma about most Indonesian people base on it. Its really sucks.
@eileenleyva (14893)
• Philippines
16 Jun 10
@juicekodai (1122)
• Philippines
13 Jun 10
where is that discussion?... what exactly does it say?
• Philippines
13 Jun 10
here. http://www.mylot.com/w/discussions/2334860.aspx but i don't know if it's racism if you read what's in the discussion.
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• Philippines
13 Jun 10
well, the author of that discussion is also from the philippines... true there are a lot of our countrymen working as as housekeepers to earn a living... at first glance i thought the author is from a different country as she has to specify them as from the philippines... hahahaha.... oh well, i dont really get what she is up to... lol
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@eileenleyva (14893)
• Philippines
13 Jun 10
She is Filipino? Probably one of these conyo who, just because they can afford domestic help, think they are the blessed ones. Hmmph!