The papers to be presented at the conference, which runs from Tuesday through Saturday, all deal in some way with society's squeamishness about sex. They cover such topics as abortion, transsexualism — and runaway brides.
Saskia Wieringa, the international association's president, studies sexual politics in Indonesia and likens some strict Muslim traditions, such as forcing women to cover their faces in public, to many of President Bush's conservative policies.
"They are both fighting against each other, but upholding the same kind of system," Wieringa said.
In Indonesia, people are shying away from liberal dress codes that were always part of the culture.
"Women used to go around bare-breasted," she said. "Now, there is a whole moral panic about the belly button that shouldn't be shown."
Wednesday, June 22, 2005
Let's Talk About Sex, Baby