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Hearing women's voices, contesting women's bodies in post New Order Indonesia


Hatley, BL, Hearing women's voices, contesting women's bodies in post New Order Indonesia, Intersections: Gender and Sexuality in Asia and the Pacific, (16) pp. 1-22. ISSN 1440-9151 (2008) [Refereed Article]

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Over the last decade in Indonesia there has been a striking increase in the public presence of women. Sexualised display of women's bodies, already flourishing in the mass media boom of the 1990s, has expanded further with the relaxation of the ideological restrictions and media controls of the Suharto era. Women authors, once a rarity in literary circles, now publish prolifically, producing works marked by frank depictions of sexual issues and encounters which have been assigned the collective label of sastra wangi, 'perfumed literature.' Vigorous debates of gender issues take place in the mass media. Women have also become more politically involved as women's NGO groups and networks, mobilised in the movement against Suharto, continue their activities into post-Suharto times. Campaigns for greater formal political representation of women resulted in the passing of a law in 2003 recognising the principle that all political parties contesting elections should have at least 30 per cent female candidates.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Indonesia, sexualised display, female bodies, women, gender issues, sastra wangi,
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Gender studies
Research Field:Gender relations
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Other culture and society
Objective Field:Other culture and society not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Hatley, BL (Professor Barbara Hatley)
ID Code:51862
Year Published:2008
Deposited By:Asian Languages and Studies
Deposited On:2008-05-06
Last Modified:2015-01-06

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