Donnalyn Bartolome slammed for ‘anti-feminist’ comments on pregnancy, women

February 6, 2023 - 12:19 PM
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Photo shows Donnalyn Bartolome (Donna/Instagram)

Social media personality Donnalyn Bartolome was once again in hot water for her remarks about pregnancy. 

In a now-deleted Facebook post, Donnalyn shared her conversation with a woman who opened up about her insecurities after giving birth. 

“Grabe sobrang ganda niyo po. Nakaka-insecure po talaga, lalo pag tumitingin na ako sa salamin after [giving] birth (pleading emoji)” the woman wrote.  

Donnalyn comforted the lady and said that there was no need for her to be insecure. 

“Mommy isipin mo na lang binuntis ka…sobrang ganda mo siguro. Ako walang bumubuntis..(laughing emoji) parang talo mo ‘ko sa ganda ‘wag ka na ma-insecure diyan haaa. I’m sure maganda ka (lipmark emoji) smile ka na yiiie, Donnalyn said. 

Screenshot shows Donnalyn’s conversation with a woman (Screengrabbed from Donnalyn Bartolome/Facebook)

Anti-feminist

Social media users questioned Donnalyn’s comment associating beauty with impregnating a woman. The social media star was also criticized for her perceived toxic positivity. 

“Nabago na pala ang batayan ng pagiging maganda. Ano na naman ba kasi yun ate Donna?” a Facebook user commented

“Itong si Donnalyn ginagawang hobby pagkakalat ng toxic positivity buwan-buwan. accla, ano dati ka bang baliw? Binuntis dahil sobrang ganda?” a Twitter user wrote

“Bagong pamantayan ng kagandahan ay pag binuntis ka,” an online user said

Sociologist Athena “Ash” Presto found Donnalyn’s remark anti-feminist and pro-machismo.

“Pangit ng word na ‘binuntis.’ Parang walang nagawa ang babae eh—wala eh, ‘binuntis’ siya eh. Ang passive na nga ng tingin sa babae, ginawa pang affirmation of beauty kapag binubuntis ka na parang ‘yun na ang sukatan ng pagkatao mo. Anti-feminist ito,” Presto wrote in a tweet.

“Sa pagkakasabi ni Donnalyn, parang utang pa ng babae sa lalaki na binubuntis siya kasi nalalaman niyang maganda siya,” the sociologist continued.

“Parang sinabing galing sa lalaki kung anuman ang maganda sa babae. Anti-feminist ito, at pro-machismo. Mga lalaki lang ang iniaangat ng statement, hindi babae,” Presto added.

According to the sociologist, Donnalyn’s statement is also heteronormative, meaning it assumes that all people are straight and cisgender, unless stated otherwise

“Napaka-heteronormative din ng statement. Ang assumption ay maganda ka kung nasa heterosexual relationship ka. Lahat talaga ng babae gusto ‘magpabuntis’? Lahat attracted sa lalaki? Lahat kailangan ng atensyon mula sa kalalakihan?” Presto wrote.