Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Love for Money
Society criticizes many gay men whose relationship with other men are grounded on financial support. But of course, such setup was not invented by the gay men.
Take for example this controversial wife beating case of former Ilocos Sur governor Chavit Singson. According to reports from the Philippine Daily Inquirer, the wife, Che Tiongson, has been sending love letters attached with liquidations of financial expenses.
Here's the report from the Inquirer:
Tiongson’s letters, copies of which were provided by Singson’s staff to the Inquirer and to other media, oozed with sweetness and were punctuated with smiley faces and “mmmuahs.”
It contained a breakdown of her expenses which she had asked Singson to pay, along with a promise to tighten her belt in the future.
Singson said it was not true, as Tiongson had claimed, that he wanted her to be financially dependent on him.
“She wasted millions already. I gave her money to put up a restaurant, a pawnshop, a spa—but they all closed down because she was wasteful with money,” he said in Filipino.
Relationships are grounded on economic needs whether you're straight or your gay. But as blogger "line of flight" once told me, love is questionnable when power is in the center of a relationship.