Metaphors of the Movement: The “woman” in Speeches and Addresses by Women’s Groups in the Philippines in the 1980s

Julie B. Jolo


The 1980s presents major shifts in the Philippine socio-political sphere that affected both the material and discursive conditions of human rights groups, the labor sector, and the women’s movement. In discussing one of the many facets of resistance at the time, this study gathered speeches and addresses given by select women’s groups and analyzed them according to the linguistic metaphors in each text. These metaphors are then situated under broader conceptual metaphors, as per Lakoff and Johnson’s Conceptual Metaphor Theory, and the non-textual elements that surround their dissemination and consumption. Fairclough’s model of Critical Discourse Analysis gives focus on the nationalistic and gender-specific motivations behind each conceptual metaphor, thereby highlighting the prominent identities of the woman at the time.

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