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Feminism growing despite catcalls of 'feminazi'

Jakarta   /   Thu, March 30, 2017   /  03:58 pm
Feminism growing despite catcalls of 'feminazi' The face of one of Indonesian female heroes Cut Nyak Dhien is also can be found during (JP/Ni Nyoman Wira)

Jakarta took part in the global Women’s March on March 4, waiting for the hotly contested Jakarta gubernatorial election to pass. The march in front of the State Palace focused on several issues affecting Indonesia, such as respect for diversity, a proposal to pass a sexual violence bill, public service support for transgender and disabled women and public attention for international women’s rights. The peaceful march involved thousands. The backlash began online, focusing on a university student. Like in many other cases, it began not as an insult against her politics but as harassment. Apparently, a Facebook group focusing on online memes discussed a picture of the student and thought she was an adolescent. Vulgar comments were made, and when she responded to the comments, the commentators dug in. Some maintained their cheeky attitudes, while some others became defens...

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