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Edition 139: Sexualities

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Jan 26, 2020

Sexualities in Indonesia

Waria (trans women) in Sulawesi around 1950 / courtesy of Sharyn Graham Davies

Despite increasingly worrying levels of harassment and surveillance, sexual diversity and sexual empowerment are finding spaces in Indonesia

By SHARYN GRAHAM DAVIES & IRWAN HIDAYANA

Jan 26, 2020

#EroticArt: Agency, advocacy and women’s sexuality

One of my erotic drawings posted on Instagram / Patresia Kirnandita

Art and activism combine to drive the discourse about female sexuality on Instagram

By PATRESIA KIRNANDITA

Jan 26, 2020

#MeToo Indonesia

House of the Unsilenced postcard, which reads: ‘This is our house, which we’ve built from our stories and artworks. Here we are not silenced. Here we are free to express ourselves. Listen to our voices!’ / Adriana Rahajeng with permission from House of the Unsilenced

Indonesian feminists are capitalising on #MeToo, and using social media to facilitate offline action

By MONIKA WINARNITA, NASYA BAHFEN et al

Jan 20, 2020

Queer pop culture

Indonesian female cosplayer performing as a male character / Indra Adryan @indraadryan; APHIN @phinaphin. permission to use the photo granted

Korean idols and Japanese boys’ love comics are finding new places for queer expression in Indonesia

By TEGUH WIJAYA MULYA

Jan 26, 2020

Hip-hop: a missed opportunity

Young Papuan men enjoying hip-hop / Diana Prakasi

Hip-hop should be combating, not reinforcing, the problem of sexual violence in West Papua

By DIANA TERESA PAKASI

Jan 26, 2020

Online hate speech

Protest at Cianjur, October 2018 /  Dina Listiorini

News media has helped drive a dramatic rise in online anti-LGBT hate speech

By DINA LISTIORINI

Jan 20, 2020

Mobilising fear

Antara Foto / Andreas Fitri Atmoko

Unchecked hate speech against Indonesia’s LGBT community is having a devastating effect

By MADE DIAH PITALOKA NEGARA PUTERI & FIRDHAN ARIA WIJAYA

Jan 20, 2020

Breaking free in gay Paris

/ Tristan Billet @Unsplash Creative Commons

Some gay Indonesians move overseas to lead a more simple and openly gay life

By WISNU ADIHARTONO

Jan 20, 2020

Fearing the queer

The statue of Garuda Pancasila, the Indonesian coat of arms displayed in the Ruang Tenang (quiet room) at Monas (the National Monument) in Jakarta / Gunawan Kartapranata/CC BY-SA 4.0

Indonesia’s national image excludes many, in clear contradiction with its laws and principles

By JEANNA NILSSON & KEI NILSSON

Jan 26, 2020

Allies in Java

Aan Anshori starts his presentation on Islam and sexuality / Diego Garcia Rodriguez

LGBT activists are working with religious allies and others to promote faith-based tolerance

By DIEGO GARCIA RODRIGUEZ

Jan 26, 2020

Incarnation as a trans woman

Community based organisation (CBO) meeting in Surabaya. Blok M is the abbreviation of Blok Margomulyo, an area in Surabaya / Irmia

People don’t just become waria; they need to be taught and brought into being by a more senior waria

By IRMIA FITRIYAH

Jan 26, 2020

Wives and mothers and HIV

The complexity of HIV transmission / Najmah

To combat HIV in Indonesia, wives and mothers must not be idealised and considered immune

By NAJMAH, SHARYN GRAHAM DAVIES & SARI ANDJANI

Jan 26, 2020

Combatting HIV online

Source/ Rappler.com

HIV prevention tactics remain inappropriate for many young men who have sex with men

By DINAR LUBIS, SARI ANDAJANI AND & CATH CONN

Jan 26, 2020

HIV stigma muting progress

HIV positive prisoner in Cipinang Narcotics Prison, Jakarta  / Creative Commons, DFAT

Though HIV awareness is improving, the stigma makes testing less comfortable and treatments less popular

By AZALIA MUCHRANSYAH

Jan 26, 2020

Providing hope

Vials for blood tests at a mobile VCT clinic / Ben Hegarty

Outreach workers have much to offer in providing HIV care to men who have sex with men

By BENJAMIN HEGARTY & SANDEEP NANWANI

Jan 16, 2020

Small island life

Javanese-born transmigration farmers cross from Ranai Island to Sedanau Island to sell vegetables on a daily basis / Narotma, 2017

Remote island communities are fighting for greater autonomy and more suitable, fair...

By MOHAMAD RACHMADIAN NAROTAMA

Jan 07, 2020

Lost Lasem

Tiongkok Kecil Heritage Lasem – Jl. Karangturi / Author

Photo essay

By VANIA DJUNAIDI

Dec 19, 2019

Pious bikies

Members circulate invitations through social media such as WhatsApp and Telegram/ Bikers Subuhan Jogja Facebook Group

Yogyakarta’s Dawn Prayer Bikers are converting an outlaw tradition into a prayer...

By WASISTO RAHARJO JATI

Nov 22, 2019

Fiction: Pasung

/ Andrea Star Reese for Human Rights Watch

  His gaze is fixated on an indeterminate spot behind me, his arms...

By MAYESTICA DE JONG

Nov 11, 2019

Contraception at a crossroads

Adam Cohn @Flickr

Indonesia’s 50-year-old family planning program has been a great success but is...

By LOUISA-ANNE BUWALDA

Oct 30, 2019

Hunger and culture in West Papua

Indigenous Marind in rural Merauke have traditionally depended on the forest for their subsistence / Sophie Chao

Oil palm projects are causing hunger in Merauke, both literal and symbolic

By SOPHIE CHAO

Sep 29, 2019

Essay: Letter from Jakarta

Refugees protest in Makassar, February 2018 / Ali Froghi

Living in the midst of uncertainty

By ABDUL SAMAD HAIDARI

Sep 26, 2019

Mapping the 1965-66 killings in East Java

In the first of a series of articles we present recent work...

By SIDDHARTH CHANDRA

Sep 16, 2019

Challenging syariah

A woman gazes at the camera as the world moves around her / Ghiffar Ridhwan on Unsplash

The media ignores women’s crucial role in the formation of regional laws...

By BALAWYN JONES

Aug 07, 2019

Competing Papuan identities

Jayapura, West Papua / Alex Drainville @Flickr Creative Commons

A battle is looming between an emboldened pro-independence movement and Papuans who...

By PETRUS K FARNEUBUN

Jul 22, 2019

Alternative tourism in Bali

Student volunteers and the local community collected rubbish and turned it into an ogoh-ogoh for local Balinese festivities. Source/ Sea Communities

Community programs in northern Bali are aiming to avoid negative impacts of...

By HANNAH SUTTON

This Week

/ Oktavianus Kurniadi Prasetyo

Natural farming in Yogyakarta

DIMAS DWI LAKSMANA, WARDHA ANDRIYUNI & FUAD LANGGARA

A new movement connects with nature and tradition to foster independent, environmentally aware farmers

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