Why “Pinay” in Pinayism?

Pinay is a word that represents an identity that has been rearticulated to connote self-determination, strength, and sisterhood. A Pinay is a woman of F/Pilipino descent in American, or F/Pilipino American. The terms Pinay and Pinoy have their roots in Filipina/o American history as early as the 1920s and 1930s. (Mabalon, 1997) Choosing Pinay+ism rather than Filipina Feminism or Pilipino Peminism challenges the old debate around the P versus the F. It allows for a space to be created influenced by feminism but limited to feminism. It also allows for Pinays to claim an identity in the United States while also providing a forum to make transnational connections to the issues of F/Pilipinas/os in Diaspora.

How is Pinayism different from Feminism and Womanism?

The focus of Pinayism does not only look at sexist or even just race and class oppression. It looks at all of those issues while also providing a space to work on Pinay relationships with each other. Pinayism puts Pinay epistemologies at the center of the discourse, a location that we have never really occupied in Feminism and Womanism. Some may argue that Pinayism is definitely part of the Third Wave of Feminism and is possibly a daughter and sister of Third World Feminism and Womanism.

Where do Pinoys fit in Pinayism?

Pinoys can play a viable role in Pinayism because improving the lives of Pinays is a community issue. Pinoys must learn to engage in the conversation on Pinayism so that they may better understand a more complete rendition of the struggle of F/Pilipinas/os in America. Pinayism does not just serve the needs of Pinays. It also serves the Pin@y community because it aims to address issues of domestic violence, mental abuse, unplanned pregnancies, and high suicide rate of Pinays. All of which are “community” issues.

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