saving the hypocrisy

Posting ini aku copy-paste dari notenya Dhyta Purplerebel di Facebook. Karena aku nggak pernah baca itu undang-udang yang sebenarnya, jadi aku cuma bisa kopas saja. Lagipula, klo aku yang ngomong, pasti isinya cuma mengumpat, beda dengan neng Dhyta yang bisa memberikan informasi yang akurat, jadi terima jadi ajalah yaa…

Pornography bill my ass

If you are a concern citizen, you should have known that today the House of Representatives (DPR) has passed the bill on Pornography in acclamation despite the fact that many citizens have spoken up against it and that the definition of pornography itself is still debatable. Only two out of three fractions, which originally opposed the bill, were still consistent with their stand. FPDIP and FPDS walked out the room when the decision to pass the bill was taken.

The bill was first submitted to the House in 2006 with 11 paragraphs and 93 articles, but because of the rejection from many layers of the society, the bill was put on hold for more revision. By September 2008, the final draft with 8 paragraphs and 44 articles, was submitted to be passed. The revision, especially with the adding of paragraphs 8 article 14, was said to be the answer to the rejection. I won’t write in here what the article says because it doesn’t actually matter. The very basic rejection is the existence of the bill itself.

Tragically, the bill is said to guard the moral of citizens. Oh, look who’s talking. From time to time, pictures of scandal involving DPR members surface.
They forget that moral is one’s own responsibility. It is a private matter, set by each individual according to his/her faith and conscience. Besides, how would one define and measure ‘moral’? Who to judge one is immoral or moral?

More tragically, the bill is also said to protect women and children from sexual violence and exploitation when in reality it is criminalizing them. Allow me to give some examples. Article 8, for instance, says:

Pasal 8
Setiap orang dilarang dengan sengaja atau atas persetujuan dirinya menjadi objek atau model yang mengandung muatan pornografi.

Whilst men’s body also become the object of the article, but let’s face it, women’s body are being exposed way more in the society and therefore they become the main target of the article. Now, under this bill, women have to be careful about what they wear and how they act because their body is not their private business anymore, but it is a public/state’s business instead.

Article 10 says:

Pasal 10
Setiap orang dilarang mempertontonkan diri atau orang lain dalam pertunjukan atau di muka umum yang menggambarkan ketelanjangan, eksploitasi seksual, persenggamaan, atau yang bermuatan pornografi lainnya.

Some women prefer to wear clothes that cover their whole body. It is their rights to do so. But not every women commit to the same belief. So they wear outfit according to their taste and comfort. It is suppose to be their rights too. But with the word ‘ketelanjangan’ in the article I highlighted above, especially without a clear definition and borders, a woman who wear a tank top and shorts could be put in jail with, of course, a society sanction in the form of humiliation that will come along with it.

Both articles came from a perspective that sexual violence is provoked by what women wear and how women act. Is that true? Let’s once again see the reality. The statistic shows that rapes, pedophilia and other forms of sexual violence, as well as domestic violence toward women happen more in what-suppose-to-be religious societies (like middle eastern countries) than in more liberal societies. No need to look too far away. Bali, where there are lots of women wearing bikinis around, has way lower number of rape cases than in Java, or other more conservative areas in the nation. Moreover, why on earth, you put the blame on victims of sexual violence and not the perpetrators? Why on earth you should regulate women’s body instead of locking up sexual predators?

Another obvious example about how this bill will not protect children from sexual violence is an event that recently draws the national attention. The supposed-to-be religious leader, an ulama (kyai), a holy person who owns a pondok pesatren, 43 year-old Syekh Pudji, marries an adolescent girl of 11 year-old. If this bill is to protect children from sexual abuse, the Syekh should has been able to be arrested under this bill. But no, this bill can’t be used to save the girl. Though the Syekh is now charged with three laws, but not with the Pornography Bill.

If the government and the political elites who live comfortably with salaries paid by the people want to protect women and children, they should draw up and pass a bill on protection for women and children from sexual trafficking (and other kinds of trafficking). A bill that will save women and children from predators such as Syekh Pudji. A bill that will protect women and children from rapes (including family rapes), child prostitution, forced prostitution against women.

Lastly, I hope that we will not stop speaking up aloud:

It is not my body that is porno! It is your mind and your bill that are porno!
My body my rights!

Until the bill is abolished…..

Sumprita… aku prihatin sama negeri ini… menurutku, moral tidak dibentuk dari undang-udang, tapi dari pendidikan ahklak yang baik. Bagaimana pendidikan ahklak *nulis ahklak pejimane sih?* yang baik bisa tercapai kalau dunia pendidikan kita masih acak kadut. Banyak rakyat yang nggak bisa makan, yang mana besar kemungkinan itu berarti kagak bisa sekolah. Yang bisa sekolah, bener nggak tuh sistem pendidikan kita? Harus diakui, kita masih punya banyak lubang di dunia pendidikan kita, kesehjateraan pendidik, salah satunya, pejimane ibu guru dapat mengajar dengan baik kalo ibu guru tidak difasilitasi agar bisa kompeten. Well, nothing perfect memang, tapi setidaknya… benahi dulu pendidikan kita… baru melangkah ke undang-undang gak penting.

First things first deh… Jangan langsung lompat ke nomor sembilan jika nomor satu sampai nomor delapan belum dikerjakan… dahulukan pendidikan, ekonomi, kesejahteraan rakyat… buruh masih teriak2 nih pak… dunia usaha lagi lesu… Zélo juga juga masih kalang kabut kesana kemari… kita masih pusing mikirin gimana bulan depan kita bisa dapet order, agar roda ekonomi terus berputar *tsaah* eeeeh…. kok yg didahulukan malah urusan pake baju dan tidak pake baju… hadoooh… klo gak pake baju kena uu, pejimane aku mandi? *lebay deh*

Moral, tanggung jawab tiap manusia itu sendiri, bukannya negara harusnya cukup sibuk untuk gak ngurusin soal panjang rok. Namun, pendidikan, kesejahteraan, stabilitas dan kesatuan bangsa, itu adalah tugas negara bekerjasama dengan rakyat *anjiiisss… aku sok teu gini yaak*. Tapi bukankah memang bijitu yak, menurut UUD 45, perasaan ada tuh pasalnye… eh, bentar… UUD 45 masih berlaku gak sih?

Intinya, tante prihatin. Prihatiningsih pisan…. Semoga, semoga… bangsa ini benar-benar kembali pada jalan yang benar, bukan sekedar kayanya benar.

Mari kita mengheningkan cipta.

 

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