Sexual Politics in Indonesia

  • Authors
  • Saskia Wieringa

Part of the Institute of Social Studies, The Hague book series (ISSTH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Saskia Wieringa
    Pages 1-26
  3. Saskia Wieringa
    Pages 191-231
  4. Saskia Wieringa
    Pages 232-279
  5. Saskia Wieringa
    Pages 280-335
  6. Saskia Wieringa
    Pages 336-346
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 347-390

About this book


This book analyzes the interaction between nationalism, feminism and socialism in Indonesia since the beginning of the twentieth century until the New Order State of President Suharto. The focus is on the communist women's organization Gerwani, which was by 1965 the largest communist women's organization in the non-communist world. Gerwani members combined feminist demands such as a reform of the marriage law with an insistence upon a political role for women. The organization was destroyed in a campaign of sexual slander orchestrated by the military under General Suharto. Hundreds of thousands of people were killed. President Sukarno lost his power and General Suharto took over.


communism feminism marriage politics socialism women

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