Gender Politics in Edilberto K. Tiempo's To Be Free: A Cultural Studies Reading

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Rosemarie C. Abocot
Rebecca T. Añonuevo


Micropolitics, Marginalization, Dominated gender, education


The patriarchal structure presents a rigid human relationship because it moves the dominated gender (wife) to act as an unwitting accomplice to further her subjectivity. This subjectivity pushes the marginalized gender to have a limited public sphere and enjoy lesser societal privileges leading to a more socially disadvantaged position in the society.

The article is centered on the interrogation of the micro-scale power relations in gender relations in To Be Free by Edilberto K. Tiempo. Gender relations refers to the intimate relations between husband, the dominant gender, and wife, the dominated gender. The communication repertoire between husband and wife is affected by social forces. Consequently, socially produced meanings are left unquestioningly in a patriarchal structure.
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