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Kartika: The non-Kartini 'Kartini'

Jakarta   /   Wed, April 18, 2018   /  11:54 am
Kartika: The non-Kartini 'Kartini' A 62-minute documentary had been made of Kartika by Christopher Basile, an American filmmaker based in Australia. (Christopher Basile/File)

Long before he turned five, my son Aditya’s creative and artistic talents were already apparent. He loved drawing, painting and making imaginative figurines from plasticine. The only thing I could do with the modeling clay was to make simple round and long shapes, which I fashioned into a penis and balls. 

At that age, he thought it was pretty hilarious, but when he got bigger, he would get pretty embarrassed when I did these kinds of things — typical teenage reaction, I guess. 

So imagine having a mother who makes several giant-sized penises from clay, in different shapes and colors, erect as well as flaccid, the glans stylized in different ways — as a clenched fist, a dog, a fish and a cock’s head (no pun intended!), as well as droopy men’s faces — and exhibits them publicly.

Well, if your mother...

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