As a little innocent girl, did you encounter an elder reprimanding you when you are just absentmindedly swinging your leg while you are sitting? Or when you are sitting with your legs wide apart from each other? Their rebuking about this will worsen as a girl turns to more of a teenager. Why is this so? What cause them to react that way towards girls and women?
Another instance wherein women are being criticized in the Philippine society is when a girl makes the first move in a relationship with a guy. The man should be the one who is initiating the courting. He should be the one who should be more open and transparent to what he is feeling towards a woman. While the woman is likely to just keep her feelings inside and not talk about it
Since the Philippines is colonized by the Spaniards for three hundred thirty-three years, the Philippines is vastly influenced by the said country. The religion of Catholicism is what they mainly spread in the Philippines so; the values, principles and the morals of being a Catholic were picked up by the Filipinos. Pre-marital sex is completely against the teachings of the Church. This is another taboo in the Philippine society. As a result of this, a virgin dalagang Pilipina became a stereotype in the society at that time. If one is not a virgin before marriage, she will have a hard time getting a man who will want to marry her but is it still the same now in the Philippines? In a way, no because pre-marital sex is becoming less of an issue to the people today. A friend can tell her friend that she had sex without the other friend being in shock. One can hear that her classmate before conceived a child already. One can say that indeed, change has occurred already, way before.
Let us go back to the question why do the elders scold women when they swing their legs while sitting or also when they are sitting with their legs wide apart from each other. It is because there is this picture created of an ideal Filipina woman wherein the Philippine society accepts. But as the time strays away from the Spanish era, this ideal Filipina is beginning to change into another form. Yes, it is inevitable to encounter new kind of Filipina because our time is changing, everything is changing so, one cannot just stick to the norm they came to know.