This study analyzed thirty-one (31) Tausug Contemporary Kalangan (songs). Through Norman Fairclough's Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA), it revealed and discussed the social realities of Tausug women in the select kalangan, and their perceptions towards these social realities. The findings revealed that the social realities of Tausug women include "Tausug women are deprived of their freedom to choose whom to marry", "Tausug women are bound by social status", "Tausug women suffer physical and emotional abuse", "Tausug women are subject to judgement according to their beauty", and "Only Tausug women are expected to do household chores". These social realities were validated by Tausug women research participants through a Focus Group Discussion (FGD) wherein they shared their personal experiences to affirm these social realities. Further, this study proved to be an original contribution to feminist studies aimed at gaining liberation and empowerment for subjugated women, the so-called "women in chains."
Sharifa Sittie Zehanie Kabirun, Mindanao State University, Philippines