Winner of the 2015 Ruth Benedict Prize for Outstanding Edited Volume
Sex, sexuality and sexual relationships are hotly debated in Indonesia, triggering complex and often passionate responses. This innovative volume explores these issues in a variety of ways. It highlights historical and newer forms of sexual diversity, as well as the social responses they provoke. It critiques differing representations of sexuality, pointing to the multiplicity of discourses within which sexuality and ‘the sexual’ are understood in modern-day Indonesia.
Placing sexuality centre-stage and locating it within the specific historical context of the Reformasi era, this landmark volume explores understandings and practices across a wide variety of sites, focusing in on a diverse group of Indonesian actors, and the contested meanings that sexuality carries. Beginning with a substantive introduction and concluding with a scholarly reflection on key issues, the volume is framed around the four themes of sexual politics, health, diversity and representations. It seeks both to present new empirical findings as well as to add to existing theoretical analysis.
This work fills an important gap in our understanding of the evolution and contemporary dynamics of Indonesian sexualities. It will be of interest to scholars and academics from disciplines including gender and sexuality studies, global health, sexual and reproductive health, anthropology, sociology and Asian studies.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Mapping Sex and Sexualities in Contemporary Indonesia Part 1. Sexual Politics 1. Surveilling Sexuality in Indonesia 2. Religious-based Sexual Politics, Masculinist Gender Order and Regime Change in Indonesia 3. The Sexual Politics of Polygamy in Indonesian Marriages Part 2. Sexual Health 4. Negotiating Risk: Indonesian Couples Navigating Marital Relationships, Reproduction and HIV 5. Sexual Tensions: HIV-positive Women in Papua 6. Chemicals, Biocapital and the Everyday Lives of Sex Workers and Waitresses in South Sulawesi 7. Sexual Morality and the Silencing of Sexual Health Within Indonesian Infertility Care Part 3. Sexual Diversity 8. Discursive Contestations Concerning Intersex in Indonesia: Stigma, Rights and Identities 9. 'I Just Ate Some Chilli': Identities, Bodies and Sexual Practices of Young Female Sex Workers in Java 10. Belonging, Community and Identity: Gay Men in Indonesia 11. The Contentious Category of Lesbian: Butch, Femme and Andro from the New Order to Reformasi Era Indonesia Part 4. Sexual Representations 12. Indonesian Grannies and Transnational Sexualities: Negotiating Sexuality, Gender, Age and Belonging Through Cultural Dance Performance 13. Sex on Indonesia's Screens 14. Indonesian Beauty Queens: Embodying Ethnicity, Sexual Morality and the Nation 15. Sexuality, Politics and Loss of Innocence: Recent Literary Explorations Afterword: Reflections on Sexual Rights, Politics and Sexuality Studies in Indonesia
Linda Rae Bennett is Senior Research Fellow at the Nossal Institute for Global Health, The University of Melbourne. She is a medical anthropologist specialising in sexual and reproductive health and rights among youth and women in Indonesia, and the regions of Southeast Asia and the Pacific more generally. In 2010 she was awarded a Future Fellowship from the Australian Research Council to undertake the first extensive social research project on compromised fertility in Indonesia. Key publications include: Women, Islam and Modernity: Single Women, Sexuality and Reproductive Health in Contemporary Indonesia (2005), "Sexuality and Gender among Contemporary Indonesian Youth" (with Lyn Parker 2008), and "Women and Gender Politics in Asia and the Pacific" (with Petra Mahy 2012)
Sharyn Graham Davies is Associate Professor in the School of Social Sciences and Public Policy at AUT University in New Zealand. She is an anthropologist who focuses on gender and sexuality in Indonesia. More recently, Sharyn’s research has broadened to examine ways in which policing and surveillance impact gender and sexuality. Key publications include Gender Diversity in Indonesia (2011) and Challenging Gender Norms (2007). In 2014, Sharyn was awarded a Fulbright award to present her work at a number of universities in the US and she will spend four months at Cambridge University on a Leverhulme Visiting Professorship
"Linda Rae Bennett and Sharyn Graham Davies’ volume continues a long heritage of research about gender and sexuality in Indonesia. Multidisciplinary and thematically disparate, the volume as a whole is an indispensable resource for those interested in the region and the field." - Benjamin Hegarty, Australian National University