Close
Bali Discovery Tours: Homepage
Bali Hotels, Bali Villas and Bali News from balidiscovery.com
Home Bali Contact Bali Practicalities Bali News Bali Services Bali Transportation Bali Sports Bali Excursions Bali Villas Bali Hotels
Home · News · Sexy is in the Eye of the Beholder
Bali Hotels, Bali Villas and Bali News from balidiscovery.com
Bali Hotels
Bali Villas
Special Deals!
Packages
MICE Handling
Bali Excursions
Culinary - Dining
Guided Tour
Bali Spas
Bali Sports
Diving
Golf
Bali Transportation
Car Rental - Selft Drive
Private Jet Charter
Bali News
Bali Services
Bali Practicalities
Bali Contact
Bali Career
Home
 
Bali Update
Subscribe to our free weekly newsletter!
 
PATA header
PATA Gold Award 2007
Bali Update
PATA Gold Award Winner 2007
 
Bali Contact
Bali Discovery Tours
Komplek Pertokoan
Sanur Raya No. 27
Jl. By Pass Ngurah Rai,
Sanur, Bali, Indonesia

Tel:
++62 361 286 283

Fax:
++62 361 286 284

U.S.A. Fax:(toll free)
1-800-506-8633

U.K. Fax:
++44-20-7000-1235

Australian Fax:
++61-2-94750419

24h:
++62 812 3819724

Bali Discovery

SITE PATA ASITA
Bali News

Sexy is in the Eye of the Beholder

Protests Grow in Bali and Across the Nation Against Renewed Efforts to Pass Anti-Pornography Legislation.


Bali News: Sexy is in the Eye of the Beholder
Click Image to Enlarge

(9/22/2008)

Renewed efforts by national legislators to strong-arm a controversial anti-pornography bill through the National Legislature has many Balinese joining a national movement to defeat a moralistic piece of legislation seen as threatening national unity.

If passed in its present form, it is feared that the RUU Pornografi would impose a fundamentalist sectarian moral code that could sacrifice woman's rights; outlaw traditional forms of artistic expression; declare a number of ancient Indonesian monuments to be obscene and subject to potential demolition; and allow individuals and groups to impose their standards of obscenity on others. Of particular concern are clauses in the new law that purportedly allow and encourage community-based vigilante groups to enforce the new RUU Pornografi.

Bali Protests

Reflecting demonstrations taking place across all of Indonesia, a series of large-scale demonstrations have been held in Bali protesting the new law. Thousands of protestors have joined large scale demonstrations, some participants in various states of undress, holding banners and posters claiming the new law will destroy national culture and be divisive to national unity.

According to Agence France-Presse (AFP), more than 5,000 people occupied the lawn in front of the Provincial Parliament Building in Denpasar to protest what the participants see as the criminalization of Balinese aesthetic values which celebrate the human form on an Island where the symbolization of male and female genitalia (i.e., lingga and yoni) are a leitmotif omnipresent in statuary, ancient monuments, religious offerings and cultural performance.

One public protest last week before the offices of Bali's Governor Made Mangku Pastika saw protestors symbolically seal the building's entrance with a pair of men's underpants.

AFP quotes Wayan Sayoga, a Balinese intellectual as saying, "Balinese and other ethnic groups have a different view on what sexual or pornographic materials are . . .we can view nudity without being trapped by lust because we look at it from an aesthetical perspective.

Other protestors asked if the new law would suddenly label as "immoral" Balinese women whose traditional kebayas reveal cleavage, half-naked Balinese kecak dancers or those male citizens of Irian Jaya who favor the koteka or traditional penis gourd.

On an even more practical level, it remains unclear if the new law mandate the removal of priceless pieces of art from Bali's traditional art museums or will force scantily-clad tourists to flee from Bali's beaches and swimming pools.

To counteract the law now being driven rough-shod through the parliament by mostly Islamic legislators, protests continue across the nation while teams of Bali's political and community leaders are traveling to Indonesia's capital to lobby against the new legislation.

Some political observers see more sinister forces at play in the current effort to pass the RUU Ponografi, claiming there's political capital to be made by certain groups eager to further seditious acts of provoking widespread feelings of cultural and political disenfranchisement via what is, in its ultimate aim, a surreptitious agenda for national disintegration.


© Bali Discovery Tours. Articles may be quoted and reproduced if attributed to http://www.balidiscovery.com.


 
UBUD WRITERS & READERS FESTIVAL
 
Bali News by Bali Update
Subscribe to the Bali Update
Receive the latest news from Bali by email!



Our [Privacy Statement] explains how we handle the data you are providing.

 
Bali News by Bali Update
Explore the Archive of the Bali Update
Find related articles in our news archive!




or try to use Google Search :

Home · Bali Hotels · Bali Villas · Bali Excursions · Bali Sports · Bali News · Site Map · RSS

Bali News: More News
Bolllywood is Calling!
Indian Consul General to Bali Invites Indian Film Industry to Shoot Film Projects in Bali
(8/27/2014)
Tourists Who Shop ‘Till They Drop
Indonesia Needs More Great Sales and Events to Expand Tourist Travel
(8/27/2014)
Major Bali Condotel Deal Signed for Jimbaran
121-Room and 121-Suite Springhill Condotel at Green Jimbaran to be Managed by Australian Mantra Hotels Group
(8/27/2014)
GWK Reopens
Demonstrators Reopen Access Road to Garuda Wisnu Kencana Park in Bali
(8/26/2014)
Join a Table of Chefs
Bali Culinary Professionals Monthly Gathering August 30, 2014 at Basilico Prama Sanur Beach Restaurant.
(8/25/2014)
Roadblock Ahead
Angry Local Residents Close Access Road to Garuda Wisnu Kencana Park in Bali
(8/24/2014)
Chefs Who Play Golf
Bali Culinary Golf Tournament January 18-20, 2014
(8/24/2014)
Coming Bubble for Condotels in Bali?
Bali to Soon Have 13,000 Condotel Units
(8/24/2014)
Better Safe than Sorry
Bali Hotels Warned to Obtain Security Management Certification
(8/25/2014)
Winning Combination
Joko Widodo & Jusuf Kalla Declared Winners of Presidential-Vice Presidential Race by Indonesian Constitutional Court
(8/24/2014)
Presidential Summit
President SBY and President-elect to Hold First Confab in Bali August 27-28, 2014
(8/24/2014)
Lost and Presumed Dead
2 Presumed Lost as Search Abandoned for Survivors of Komodo Cruise Boat Sinking Near Sangeang Island
(8/25/2014)
All [News]!
 
Tourism and Transport Tourism Agents