Let’s face it: there’s not one culture that is entirely good. In fact, there are many cultures that have toxic traits and that are terribly backward from the current times. Filipino social customs and traditions aren’t exempt from this undeniable truth.
Recently, a Tweet by user @/mayhotcakeba has been making rounds on Filipino Twitter, where netizens have been dishing out their sentiments about toxic Filipino traits and traditions. Here’s a rundown of some super spicy hot takes and unpopular opinions about Filipino customs that your traditional Filipino family will use against you.
On Filipino parents and their “retirement plans”:
On Filipino courtships and “panliligaw”:
On Filipino sex education, marriage, and all that:
On body-shaming and unsolicited comments by Filipino relatives:
On Filipino parenting:
On Filipino family relations:
On mental health:
On normalizing cheating:
On Filipino beauty standards:
On Filipino religious beliefs:
On how Filipino women are seen in society:
On the Filipino LGBTQIA+ community:
While these may not seem like “unpopular opinions” due to millennials and Gen Z having the same takes, this could probably shed a light on what our society needs to change and what we need to work on.
Traditions aren’t all bad, it’s just that the persistence of some negative behavior and customs marketed as “tough love” in the family or the preservation of culture should stop being normalized at all costs.
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