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Jakarta Post

Frauds and ‘jagos’: Men and sex

  • Duncan Graham


Malang, East Java   /   Sun, July 8 2012   /  10:25 am

This is a book about sex – but gray bureaucrats flicking pages for porn will have to work hard to find anything erotic.

Dirty words — a few, though in context. Dirty minds — sadly, an abundance.

Also dismayed will be those who assume “sex” always refers to women, objects used to sell consumer goods by advertisers with limp creativity.

However Men and Masculinities in Southeast Asia will satisfy anyone seriously interested in gender issues, particularly this overdue addition to well-established women’s studies.

What does it mean to be a man in Indonesia? At village entrances around the archipelago, fossickers through the undergrowth may encounter a little man, his hard wife and two crumbling kiddies. Despite suffering concrete cancer, the manikin looks sober and responsible.

The statues were erected during the family planning program of the N...