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Sexual repression and misogynistic moral police

  • Faiza Mardzoeki
    Faiza Mardzoeki

    Playwright, theater producer, director and cultural and women’s activist

Yogyakarta | Tue, February 20, 2018 | 11:48 am
Sexual repression and misogynistic moral police Giving power to the state to police private lives, to police intimacy, in a society that is ridden with sexism and patriarchy will only end up creating more suffering for women. (Shutterstock/-)

PREMIUM A man and a woman were sitting at a table, chatting intimately over a meal. They were boyfriend and girlfriend sharing an affectionate moment. Suddenly a screaming mob invaded the house. The two were forcibly dragged outside. This violent, invading mob was led, shockingly, by a “public servant”, somebody certified by the state to serve the people: the neighborhood head, or ketua RT....

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