The Liberative Role of Discourse in Articulating Women’s Issues and Concerns in Filipino Melodramatic Films from 1990 to 2000


This article explores the liberative capacity of discourse to enable and empower marginalized sectors to have a voice and space in the discursive space of media. Discourse is a site of struggle and should be understood in the context of power where ideological assumptions are often hidden in language since it pertains to language as text, speech, and the image. Through a study of six contemporary melodramatic films by Filipino women film directors, this article surfaces the value of discourse in articulating once-muted women’s issues and concerns through its enabling power in finding a space and giving a voice and image in the dominant sphere where women can emerge from their marginalized state.