The spectre of Communist women, sexual violence and citizenship in Indonesia

Pohlman, Annie (2016) The spectre of Communist women, sexual violence and citizenship in Indonesia. Sexualities, . doi:10.1177/1363460716645789


Author Pohlman, Annie
Title The spectre of Communist women, sexual violence and citizenship in Indonesia
Journal name Sexualities   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1363-4607
1461-7382
Publication date 2016-07-23
Year available 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1363460716645789
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Total pages 16
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications
Collection year 2017
Language eng
Abstract In this article, the author examines sexual violence against women during a period of mass social conflict and reflects on how this violence continues to affect sexual and political citizenship in modern Indonesia. The demonization and destruction of a particular group of Communist women, known as ‘Gerwani’, during the mass killings of 1965–1966 created an on-going, pathological discourse about politically active women as gendered and sexual ‘others’ in Indonesia. The reconfiguration of bodies through sexual violence during that period continues to shape gender ideology and sexual politics in Indonesia, particularly through the prescription of more traditional, heteronormative roles for women’s political participation. This negative association with sexuality and sexual violence affects the possibilities for women’s active citizenship in post-New Order Indonesia, and renders it difficult for women to claim sexual autonomy or sexual citizenship.
Keyword Indonesia
Political prisoners
Propaganda
Sexual politics
Women's movements
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ
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