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Jakarta Post

Unease reigns after porn bill passed

  • Abdul Khalik

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, November 1 2008   /  07:55 am

For Santi, a 29-year-old staffer at a Jakarta law firm, the fun and carefree days of hanging out at a mall in a shoulder-exposing tank top may well be over. Despite the comfort and confidence she says her attire gives her, Santi is wary of inadvertently violating articles in the recently approved anti-pornography bill. “I am confused about what to wear now,” she said while strolling around a Central Jakarta mall on Friday. “But I have to be careful because I’m afraid that walking in public with bare shoulders could be considered by some groups as inciting obscenity.” The way women dress is one area affected by the far-reaching definition of pornography as stipulated in the bill. It says body movements or gestures perceived as inciting obscenity or violating moral ethics in the community may be considered pornography. “Who can guarantee that certain ...