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Jakarta Post

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/-)

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. Why did the RT head and his mob invade the private house of a resident, without a warrant or any other document, and then forcibly drag the couple outside? They were suspected of engaging in extramarital sex. Does the RT head, or anybody else for that matter, have the right to invade a person’s home based on “suspicions” about their private lives? The RT head’s position is regulated by law, and he has no such right. Neither does any other member of society. Isn&...

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