About Sharyn Graham Davies

Sharyn Graham Davies is associate professor in the School of Social Sciences and Public Policy at Auckland University of Technology. Her latest book, coedited with Linda Bennett, is Sex and Sexualities in Contemporary Indonesia .

Gender and sexuality, Indonesia

Indonesian ‘tolerance’ under strain as anti-LGBT furore grows

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Indonesia is experiencing an unprecedented wave of anti-LGBT sentiment  If there was a single event that has incited the current wave of violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in Indonesia we might settle upon a minister’s affront at LGBT becoming visible in solidarity. Having been advised of a university-based LGBT support group, […]

Gender and sexuality, Indonesia

New book opens up conversations about sex and sexuality in Indonesia

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A new prize-winning book that examines sex and sexualities in contemporary Indonesia was born out of a shared frustration, write the editors, LINDA RAE BENNETT and SHARYN GRAHAM DAVIES. Having been asked numerous times to deal with such diverse and complicated topics as ‘Islam and sexuality’, or ‘gender and sexuality in Indonesia’, or even ‘queer […]

Gender and sexuality, Indonesia

Beautiful virgins: the hard road to becoming an Indonesian policewoman

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Being pretty and having a good body are key recruitment attributes for policewomen in Indonesia, writes SHARYN GRAHAM DAVIES. Late in 2014, Al Jazeera ran a story entitled ‘Virginity tests on Indonesia police condemned: Rights group says female police required to strip and undergo “two-finger test” to prove virginity before recruitment.’ The story, based on […]