You know what make me upset about LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) debate these days in Indonesia? Well, let me tell you.
Last night, a good friend of mine sent me a message telling me how concerned (s)he is about all these LGBT debates. (S)he wondered what the government/parliament next step toward it whether they are going to ban it all together, ban foreign funding for LGBT activity (including reproductive health awareness) or even worse if they plan to stop distributing subsidized ARV in the country. (S)he is wondering.
Honestly, this condition would not just have a negative impact to the LGBT community but also all the patients, let me repeat myself again ALL PATIENTS, (which also include hetersexual people) who have been getting ARV for free so they can survive and live their life as healthy person. So, I said to a good friend of mine that everything will just be fine. Let’s have faith in it.
Since the fall of President Soeharto in 1998, religion has been used as a political commodity to control people. Sometimes I am wondering whether we, the people of Indonesia, can have a discussion about certain issue without bringing religious perspective or not.
It is very devastating because I feel that this country is heading to dark age than moving forward to the future. What about if we discuss what really matter and crucial to citizen’s daily life such as food supply, education, health and infrastructure than sexual orientation or religion preferences, which are very personal?! Can we?
PS: If you do not know what ARV is, you can search in the internet. It is very googleable.
Bali Undercover by Malcolm Scott [2015:EO]
When I published “Bule Hunter: Money, Sex and Love
” in September 2014, I received a stream of criticism in the net from many people. I would have understood that they criticized my book after they read it but they have not. They criticized it based on some media coverages. Those are including many Indonesian women, who are in relationship with Western Men and feel offended with my writing as well as other people are who simply narrow minded.
Some of them said that it was just a bunch of gossip, some of them said that it’s not a journalism work because it’s very subjective yadda yadda yadda (Well honey, it’s hard to find an objective journalism work these days. Media is controlled by companies who are linked to govt). Anyway, there were big wave of nasty comments coming toward me. It was terrifying!
Frankly, I was shocked reading those comments. I refused to read further for few weeks. But I must say that I am grateful because those haters actually inspired me to write my next book.
So when I went to Times Bookstore in Plaza Singapura, I saw this book and purchased one. I read nearly half of the book within few hours over few glasses of Chardonnay. Since I read the title, I already assumed that it would have similar content to my book Bule Hunter. And YES IT IS!
It talks about Indonesian women, Western men, Indonesian men, western women,money, sex and relationship. However, it seems nobody attacking the Australian author Malcolm Scott. At least, I didn’t hear about it.
Is it because the author is a man? Is it because the author is a Westerner? Or is it because he choose a soft title instead of Bule Hunter?! Or is it because it’s written in English and doesn’t get a lot of media exposure in Indonesia (if I understand correctly)?
Oh well, we are still living in an era and place where women can hardly say their voices loudly and bluntly!
I try to explode myth and stereotype about Indonesian women and foreigners (Westerner) as individual as well as in relationship. Male dominated society tells women how to behave in hypocritical way, for example our society judges woman for selling sex.
All we have to do is driving around Jakarta, Bali, Yogya or any big cities and see places where the men, who dominate our society buy sex.
Our society (Indonesian) glorifies foreigner (Westerner) in a hypocritical way, on the other hand, we say foreigners sophisticated , educated and ethical, we usually assume that they are rich as well but the reality is some of them are none of this things.
So in a effort human being and human relationship are, this book is a small snapshot into the life of several Indonesian women unfairly described as bule hunter.
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