The Male Mystique
The Jakarta Post - WEEKENDER | Thu, 03/19/2009 7:20 PM |
We have explored a lot of so-called “women’s issues” during the WEEKENDER’s two years’ existence, including June 2008’s cover story on the changing role of young women. But what about Indonesian men today, and the tug-of-war between their traditional roles and the new demands placed upon them? That is the focus of our cover story this month, as well as several other articles in this issue.
We hear from men, naturally, including those who have gone through life-changing experiences on the path to becoming a man. However, most of the articles are written by women, which may seem contradictory to some. To me, it reflects the different, more encompassing perspective that women can give to the issues of their menfolk. Sometimes that “outside” viewpoint is what we need to truly understand issues that are otherwise too close to home for us.
Also in this issue is our usual mix of lifestyle stories, from profiles to travel and food. A confirmed coffee lover, I am always on the lookout for a new, special brew. Check out contributing writer’s Maggie Tiojakin’s article about kopi luwak, the legendary coffee made from beans harvested from civet droppings. It may conjure up all sorts of colorful images (and some off-color jokes) but those who have tasted the coffee attest to the exceptional taste. Readers can get their own chance to try the coffee by turning to page 8.