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Do Not Be Afraid of Feminism, Join It!

Because a lot of people still have a lot of misunderstanding about feminism, it is necessary that we explain it again and again. Before explaining feminism I wish to remember and pay my tributes to all our feminist foremothers and fore-sisters on whose shoulders we stand tall. Whatever we have …

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The Turn to Men in Gender Politics

There has recently been a ‘turn to men’ in gender politics, an increasing emphasis on the roles that men can play in building gender equality. The turn to men has two overlapping dimensions. One is a shift in cultural and community discourse regarding feminism and gender. Another is the emergence …

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The Fight Against Victim Blaming

In light of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, particularly sexual violence against women on November 25, the latest most disturbing case was the rape of a five-month pregnant woman. Young girls, older women, pregnant women, differently abled women are all potential victims of sexual attacks …

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Feminism and Gender Equality: How We Have Been Mislead

For someone who has been working on the issues of gender equality and women’s empowerment for a number of years, finding out that there has been a campaign against feminism by a group of women can be quite heartbreaking. The campaign “Women against Women” was posted via Tumblr with blog1 …

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Violence Against Women is a Men’s Issue

The sixteen days of activism to eradicate violence against women in Indonesia ended a few weeks ago and there were many activities focussed on raising public awareness of the seriousness of the problem in the lives of Indonesian women and girls. Although the activism had been conducted annually, involved many …

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Feminist just need to be ‘nicer’

I keep hearing the same assertion: More men would support feminism if only… … if only feminists were nicer to us and didn’t make us feel so defensive all of the time! … if only feminists were more welcoming! … if only feminists reassured us over and over and over …

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Men Standing On The Side of Women

Few months ago the Jakarta Post released a photograph showing some young men in mini skirt stood at Bundaran HI (Hotel Indonesia traffic circle) rising awareness on escalation of rape case in the country (The Jakarta Post, 08/04/2013). There were many public responses following the action. On one side, some …

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