imyeyes-banner-sqIn My EyesBy Edward B. Antonio

IN MY EYES: Panties for your vote? Hmmnn…

While reading a daily last time, my eyes popped out upon reading this headline, fellas:

Panties for your vote? Comelec says underwear OK as campaign material” written by Reporter Daphne Galvez.

I find this odd and amusing and I have to smile from ear to ear.

If ever this will be given as a campaign material, will it be given by size?

So, the candidate would ask a voter: “Errr… madam, what is your panty size?”

I also find this quite degrading to women, I mean showing off this women’s underwear in public to thousands of electorates is not quite becoming to me.

But Mang Maing suddenly reacted: “I like that!”

“Why?”

“Well, I have a wife and three daughters who can vote. These would be good souvenirs at least until election time. If this campaign material becomes popular, it would be a lot more fun!”

I smiled from ear to ear. Hearing the word “panty” alone stirs a lot of imagination.

Let’s read the news further, fellas:

Using panties as campaign material is essentially allowed as the Philippines’ election laws do not differentiate on articles of clothing that may be used as campaign material, an official from Commission on Elections said on Friday.

Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez explained that a pair of panties is not so different from t-shirts or caps that are usually used as campaign giveaways.

“If you think about it, walang pinag-iba ang panty sa cap o sa t-shirt, right (the panty is no different from a t-shirt or cap, right)? It is an article of clothing,” Jimenez said in a press conference.

“Ultimately, as far as the law is concerned, there doesn’t seem to be any sort of fundamental reason for making it more unacceptable than say, a printed t-shirt,” he added.

Jimenez made the remark in light of a viral post on social media showing a panty bearing the name of a local politician used as a campaign giveaway.

Asked if a panty would be allowed as campaign material, Jimenez answered in the affirmative.

Pwede naman (can be),” he said.

The poll body’s spokesman said that politicians are becoming more innovative with their campaign strategies this coming election.

“I think 2019 is the year of innovative campaign strategies for sure,” he said.

However, not all of these innovative campaign strategies turn out to be beneficial.

Yung psychology ng panty (The psychology of the panty), it’s funny, and look at how much air (time) he is getting. Look at how much coverage this whole thing is getting,” he said.

“But it’s a double-edged sword kasi mapag-uusapan ka pero anong uri ng pag-uusap ang ikakabit sa pangalan mo, diba?” he added. (But it’s a double-edged sword because people will talk about it, but what kind of conversation would you want your name to be associated with?)

Earlier, Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon reacted to the panty giveaway, saying that there should be a rule on what campaign materials should be prohibited.

“We should have a rule on what materials are prohibited. Those that are obscene or show women as sex objects,” Guanzon earlier said.

Jimenez reminded the public that though the election period starts on Sunday, Jan. 11, campaigning is still not allowed until Feb. 12 for senatorial candidates and party-list groups and March 30 for those seeking a seat at the House of Representatives and local government units.

But Mang Maing thinks more than these, fellas.

“I am very sure that, like what Daphne Galvez writes, the use of panty as a campaign material would forever be associated with the candidates’ name whether they will win or lose,” he said.

And how is that?

“Well,” Mang Maing retorts, “If a candidate wins, people will say he wins because of panty. If he is a male candidate, he will be called Mayor Panty, Senator Panty or Congressman Panty by his detractors! Ang sagwa. If he loses, people will ridicule him for using panty as a campaign material! People will say: Ayan, natalo kasi may pagka-manyakis!”

Aha, is that so?

Now, let’s take a look at these netizen reactions:

Anton Barrera says: “Panty as an election campaign material cannot promote a multiplier effect, unless the wearer will have to show it in public, men will even prepare(sic) not to have it. Whoever think(s) about it is not a seasoned politician; he is a foolish-tician.”

One A. Almeda reacts: “Only in the Philippines… malamang mananalo ang gagawa nito dahil sisikat at magiging nakakatawa at “in” kahit wala namang maio-offer sa bayan. Magkaka-“jingle” pa yan na catchy at viral. Sa huli, mapanghi pala yung binoto nila at walang kwenta, magsisisi ang mga tao dahil lalong humihirap ang buhay, wala pa ring mga trabaho at mataas ang bilihin. Lahat kasi sa atin joketime, pati eleksyon.

When did panties come to be, fellas?

Tim Lamberts says that Roman women wore panties called subligaculum. However, after the fall of Rome women did not usually wear panties until the end of the 18th century. Their only underwear was a long linen garment called a shift, which they wore under their dress. In modern times women panties were invented again at the very end of the 18th century. In the 19th century panties came to below the knee. Today we still say a pair of panties. That is because in the early 19th century women’s underwear consisted to two separate legs joined at the waist. They really were a ‘pair.’ At first panties were usually very plain but in the late 19th century they were sometimes decorated with lace and bands. In the 1860s some women began to wear colored drawers although white remained very common.

In the 19th century panties were usually made of cotton though some women wore wool in the winter. In the 19th century panties were sometimes called bloomers. A woman named Elizabeth Miller invented loose trousers to be worn by women. After 1849 Amelia Bloomer promoted the idea and they became known as bloomers after her. In time underwear became known as bloomers.

How about the modern panty?

From the early 20th century women’s underwear began to be called panties rather than drawers. (The word panties is derived from pants. It was first recorded in 1908). In Britain and Australia panties are usually called knickers. Our word lingerie is derived from the French word for linen, lin. Lingerie were things made of linen. In the 19th century panties were usually open between the legs but in the early 20th century closed panties replaced them. In 1910 panties were made of rayon for the first time. From the mid-20th century panties were also made of nylon. In the 19th century panties came down to below the knee. In the 1920s they became shorter. They ended above the knee. By the 1940s and 1950s panties had become shorter still.

Meanwhile in 1949 an American tennis player named Gertrude Moran or Gussie Moran (1923-2013) caused a sensation when she appeared at Wimbledon wearing frilly panties. She was known as Gorgeous Gussie and it was very daring in 1949! In the late 20th century panties grew briefer. In the 1990s thongs became popular.

Now, what kind of panty would panty-loving candidates prefer to give away as campaign material? Would it be the waist high, the skimpy bikini, the T-back or the thong?

“Let’s wait and see, but I prefer the bikini,” Mang Maing said.

“Why?”

“Because sometimes, I prefer wearing bikini than briefs!” he proudly said.

Ha-ha-ha! Naughty, naughty Mang Maing.