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The gentler sex: Proposed family resilience bill prescribes rehab for BDSM practitioners

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, February 20, 2020   /   07:37 am
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A draft bill on family resilience proposed by members of the House of Representatives defines sadomasochism as a form of sexual deviance that its practitioners must undergo social, psychological, spiritual and medical rehabilitation. 

Article 85 of the draft bill, which has been put in the spotlight over a number of controversial provisions, stipulates that a state body responsible for “family resilience” would be required to handle “family crises due to sexual deviation”.

The bill further defines sexual deviance as “sexual urges and satisfaction that are shown in uncommon and unnatural ways,” lumping in sexual sadism, masochism and homosexuality together with incest. 

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Sadism is defined as “the way that someone derives sexual satisfaction by punishing or hurting the opposite sex,” while masochism is described as “the opposite of sadism, the way that someone derives sexual satisfaction by being punished or hurt by the opposite sex”.

The bill also requires families and individuals that experience “sexual deviation” to report to rehabilitation institutions.

Gerindra Party lawmaker and bill proponent Sodik Mujahid said it was natural for the bill to regulate BDSM practices.

“Isn’t sadism a problem? Is it just an individual problem? It isn’t so it should be regulated,” he said on Tuesday as quoted by kompas.com. “If previously it was just regulated in criminal law, now we are regulating it at the base, the family level.” (kmt)