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Jakarta Post

Zoya Amirin: Empowering women in the bedroom

  • Ika Krismantari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, October 28 2011   /  10:10 am

Courtesy of Zoya AmirinSex psychologist Zoya Amirin believes that empowering women in patriarchal Indonesia may start from the bedroom.

Dubbed as the country’s first certified female sex therapist, Zoya highlights the importance of women showing initiative in their sex lives as initial step to their own empowerment.

“They [women] must feel comfortable with their own sexuality, so that they can take charge. We are not talking about them being feminists but how they can be happy in their womanhood,” the 36-year old said in an interview with The Jakarta Post recently.

A lecturer at the University of Indonesia, Zoya also knows that this is easier said than done.

It is still hard for the majority of Indonesian women to get what they want as they live in a country that is home to a strong patriarchal system, which continues to undermine women’s rights.