Penghancuran Gerakan Perempuan (Sexual politics in Indonesia)

PENGHANCURAN GERAKAN PEREMPUAN: Politik Seksual di Indonesia Pascakejatuhan PKI (Sexual Politics in Indonesia), book by Saskia Wieringa

 

New Order propaganda became an ideological justification for what they did later. The October 1 coup was not just the coup of a Lieutenant Colonel of Untung, more than that, Suharto and the Army made it a legitimacy for the destruction of the PKI to its roots. At the same time, Suharto gradually removed Sukarno as the legitimate president of the republic.

The New Order then established a new image of women and re-subordinated their position in society. In this episode, gender relations in Indonesia are roughly reconstructed. Gerwani’s struggle which lasted for more than 15 years to obtain women’s equality in politics and to respect the symbols and militancy of women was described by the New Order as a violation of the nature of women (pp. 409). Women are herded slowly to enter their version of the female nature.

Illustrations: Lithography by AC Andre Tanama.

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New Order propaganda became an ideological justification for what they did later. The October 1 coup was not just the coup of a Lieutenant Colonel of Untung, more than that, Suharto and the Army made it a legitimacy for the destruction of the PKI to its roots. At the same time, Suharto gradually removed Sukarno as the legitimate president of the republic.

The New Order then established a new image of women and re-subordinated their position in society. In this episode, gender relations in Indonesia are roughly reconstructed. Gerwani’s struggle which lasted for more than 15 years to obtain women’s equality in politics and to respect the symbols and militancy of women was described by the New Order as a violation of the nature of women (pp. 409). Women are herded slowly to enter their version of the female nature.

Illustrations: Lithography by AC Andre Tanama.



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