It is puzzling how, at this day and age, women still suffer from inequality and patriarchy.
Take, for example, the post of Facebook user Alyssa Paula Fernandez who experienced not only sexual harassment but humiliation on her route to work.
On her post, she recounted the series of events. She boarded a bus going to Cubao. The bus was full and she had didn’t have the luxury of choosing her seat, so she grabbed the vacant seat between a student and a man on his 30’s.
To pass time, she put on her earphones, listened to some music and closed her eyes. Moments later, the man next to her seemed to have touched her. As a courtesy, he gave the man the benefit of the doubt and assumed that it was coincidental.
But it didn’t end there.
Just as she was about to stand up, the man cupped her boobs in his hands. Alyssa, was of course shocked and speechless at first. Imagine how perplexing that could be for her.
She came back to her senses when she remembered what happened to Aika, another victim of sexual harassment. So she slapped the man, and even punched him. The man seemed to be caught off-guard and apologized to her.
All the other people were looking at them because of the commotion, that’s why the conductor asked them what’s happening. Alyssa told the conductor that the man violated her. But instead of acting on it, he simply dismissed Alyssa.
It was unbelievable.
We are familiar with cases like this, and we have the capacity to make it stop. Being a decent human being is not an obligation but a trait that we all must inherently possess and practice.