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Indonesia girls to have virginity test before attending public school


Feministing reports on a decision in Jambi – a province of Indonesia – to impose a virginity test on girls before they can attend state-funded schools.

Bambang Bayu Suseno, a legislator in Jambi is floating this idea among his colleagues and constituents and told the  Jakarta Post that he “deemed that parental and school supervision on youth interaction was weak, so there was no other choice but to hand over supervision completely to the child. Hence, the idea of drafting the virginity test draft bylaw.”

Feminista is rightly irritated by this and fumes: ‘This is one more heinous example of education access being linked to outdated and inhumane notions of acceptable femininity, especially as it relates to sex and our bodies. This kind of shaming, of course, goes on all over the world, and in more subtle but still damaging ways, in the U.S., where pregnant teens or those labeled as sluts are often compelled to leave school.’

Feminista goes on to hope that Sec. Clinton, who visited Indonesia last year will let her new friends know that this kind of sexist legislation is just plain wrong and that their boy Bambang needs to be checked.


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