We are in an era where it may be ripe for society to revisit a lot of male-associated idioms and metaphors. Take, for example, the concept of courage which reaps words of admiration associated with the male testicles as, “having the balls” to act upon something that requires an above-normal amount of bravery.
Oftentimes, a woman is alluded to as having “bigger balls” than male colleagues when she is seen to be taking a more decisive, swift action on an issue, or facing a nemesis head on which the “gentlemen” in the group would rather refrain from confronting.
Whilst it is intended to be an insult to the cowardly men in the tribe when they are told that the women have bigger balls than they do, something is awfully wrong with the picture, don’t you think?
If a woman is referred to having bigger balls, it would appear that having a considerable amount of courage is the exception for her than the norm; as if courage is only a male trait, inborn to them yet to be acquired by women.
In this issue, we feature a woman who came from absolutely nothing to building an empire out of the now-famous Bataan tinapa or smoked fish and other processed fish products. Her story, which is one of triumph, shows us that courage and perseverance against seemingly insurmountable odds, can also be exemplified by a woman.
Tibay ng dibdib, or strength of heart – a gender neutral term – is actually the traditional Filipino way of describing firm resolve and courage. Sadly, our colonial mentality made us evolve into having a masculine mindset as we have adopted the American colloquial speak and literally translated it into our own language (decency requires that we do not print it here).
There are countless other women like Amanda Battad, a single mother of three, who have never let harsh criticisms, closed doors or their own situation stop them from pursuing their goals and making their mark in the world.
Just as the goddess Demeter nourished the earth with milk from her bosom and from it sprouted the first corn for mankind to propagate and harvest, a woman brings nurturing and caring to her reign. Therefore, we have to correctly attribute her skills, passion, cunning, and courage to have come from her bosom – where the heart resides, not the testicles which she has none.