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Here’s one to challenge your preconceptions about men, women, sex and HIV by Wisdom of Whores author Elizabeth Pisani.
This should be food for thought, especially for the gender champions who tend to think that education and empowerment would solve much of society’s ills and reduce the rate of HIV infections.
Men are pigs, women are angels. Not.
Yesterday at 1:17am
As promised, data on women, autonomy, partnerships and HIV. It’s quite true that I have not developed some magic indicator of “autonomy”. But the World Economic Forum has. Or at least its Gender Equality Index is as close as damnit. Let’s take the sub-Saharan African countries at either extreme, and set their equality index against their HIV rates:
On individual measures that are often indicators of women’s ability to make their own choices and decisions — educational level, for example, we see a strong correlation too, both at the national level:
and at the household level:
So, in countries where women are more equal to men on measures of workforce and political participation as well as education, there’s more HIV than in countries where women are more constrained. In countries where women are more educated, there’s more HIV. Within countries, more educated women are more likely to be infected with HIV.
What’ with Malaysian Men in Power (MMIP) and foreign models? First we had the saga of the Mongolian model where the names of MMIPs Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak and his associates were involved.
Now we have the Kelantan prince and the Indonesian Model Manohara. The Indonesian Press is naturally having a field day with this story as it appears that there are all sorts of seedy goings on, including sexual problems, alleged kidnaps, family intriques etc etc.
Which raises the question of whether such liaisons speak of the alluring power of such models or do they speak of the power trips of MMIPs, who probably have a hard time getting it up but want to overcompensate by possessing the most exotic and “beautiful”?
For account and summary of this sordid affair in English, as well as lots of pics of the desirable Manohara, go here
Jakarta – Model cantik Manohara Odelia Pinot (17) pernah mendatangi seksolog dr Naek L Tobing. Hal ini dilakukan untuk berkonsultasi tentang seluruh permasalahan di rumah tangganya.
“Ada konflik di antara mereka. Pokoknya macem-macem soal rumah tangga,” kata Naek saat berbincang dengan detikcom, Rabu (24/4/2009) malam.
Kunjungan itu dilakukan sekitar 2 bulan lalu. Mano datang bersama ibunya, Daisy Fajaria. Waktu konsultasi pun tidak berlangsung lama.
Dr Naek enggan menjelaskan secara rinci persoalan yang dikeluhkan Mano saat itu. Namun ia mengaku, dibahas juga tentang kekerasan yang terjadi di dalam rumah tangga mereka, termasuk kekerasan seksual.
“Semualah macam-macam kekerasan, saya tidak bisa menjelaskan panjang lebar. Lebih baik ajak saja ibunya ke mari untuk bicara lagi,” pungkasnya.
Ngobrolin model cantik Manohara Odelia Pinot? Gabung di sini.
No doubt Muslim women would consider parochial, self-righteous, holier-than-thou bureaucrats one of the challenges as well.
Unspun has never been in a position to know women enough to presume to make pronouncements about them, Indonesian, or otherwise. Unspun is just content to admire.But others, such as Indcoup, are braver. Unspun wonders what Indonesian women have to say about his comments of them, some of which are clipped below:
When most of us were enjoying our Idul Fitri holidays, a contest was in the making. On October 1, 20 finalists of the Miss Jilbab 2007 contest was selected in Surabaya. The contestant that eventually won the coveted crown-on-the-scarf was one Devi Fatin Adila. No photos could be found of the veiled beauty but here’s a Jawa Pos shot of some of the finalists.
Unspun got into a conversation with the prolific Jennie S. Bev, a “Chinese-Indonesian” now living in the US, about the issue of race, gender and minorities first in Should Unspun or Shouldn’t Unspun. Not wanting to dilute the discussion of that posting from the issue at hand, Unspun asked Jennie to guest post on an issue close to her heart: being a Triple Minority in Indonesia – female, non-native and non-Muslim. Here’s her take:
By Jennie S. Bev (http://www.jenniesbev.org)
As a person who was born in Indonesia, I belong to the so-called “triple minority” category: female, non-native, and non-Muslim. I was boxed into this category early from the beginning, from the day I was born into this world from my mother’s womb. It is a class in its own, which comes with consequences and treatments from the society. It is as if my soul, which is neutral and equal with anybody’s, wears a Minnie Mouse’s outfit. But instead of looking like a cartoon character, it is in the form a Mongoloid-looking female.
This is from Miund’s blog The English Part of My Brain. Age difference is one thing, totally divorced from discretion and taste. Photos of Sheldon, Yuyun and both wearing Javanese wedding costume.
What is it with Malaysian politicians and women. Why is it so difficult for them to respect women? And why is it that they can still get away with it? And why is it that their “apologies” all fall far short of apologies?The MPs in this story said they would apologize to women “if” their remarks had insulted them. Meaning that they themselves do not think that their remarks are insulting.
Unspun bets a few women are still smarting over Tengku Adnan’s “all women bloggers are liars” comment.
Why is it that these despicable testostrone-filled bags of shit are still allowed to keep their titles of datuk, tengku and what not after making fools of themselves? If the Royal families want to live up to their supposed titles of defenders of the rakyat perhaps they should think of stripping these people of their titles.
Yet another reason to live away from Malaysia, so that one is not smeared with such attitudes and blatant injustices.