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#Uninstall inequality, the other option

  • Syahrial and Balawyn Jones

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Jakarta   /   Thu, June 13, 2019   /  12:58 pm
#Uninstall inequality, the other option Feminism illustration (Shutterstock/File)

A group calling itself Indonesia Tanpa Feminisme (Indonesia without feminism) is appealing to Indonesian women to “uninstall feminism”. But the group’s opposition to feminism is based on fundamental misunderstandings about the nature and content of the feminist movement, and campaigns along similar lines from like-minded individuals and groups could further spread such misunderstanding, impeding efforts to empower women and improve society. While Indonesia Tanpa Feminisme relies on simplistic clichés that paint feminism as “hating men”, feminist movements can more accurately be defined as seeking the social, economic and political equality of the sexes. At the core of the group’s campaign is an assertion that feminism is incompatible with Islam. This fails to recognize that gender equality is deeply rooted within the Islamic tradition. The...

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