VAGINAL ECONOMY: Cinema and Globalization in the Post-Marcos Post-Brocka Era

Rolando B. Tolentino


This essay explores the trope of the vaginal economy that is proliferated in the political economy and nature of Philippine migration. The vaginal economy is both receptacle and symptom of Philippine development. It represents the discourse through cinema, and historicizes the primal debate in the Marcos and Brocka contestation for image-building of the nation. Primarily through the sex-oriented (bomba) films and their permutations in the various political life of the contemporary nation, the vaginal economy is historicized even in the after-life of the post-Marcos and post-Brocka era.


feminism, Philippine cinema, vaginal economy, post-Marcos, post-Brocka, bomba films

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ISSN: 2012-0788