Gender and sexuality, Japan

Japan’s food education campaign takes on a nationalistic flavour

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Mothers under pressure as Japan pushes return to a traditional diet The Japanese government’s shokuiku (food education) campaign entered a new phase recently that again places rice-based dishes at the forefront of the national diet. Shokuiku started in 2005 in response to concerns over rising lifestyle-related diseases, food safety and national food sufficiency, and for […]

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, […]

China, Gender and sexuality

China’s new cultural revolution

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From sex toys to growing acceptance of gays, China’s sexual culture is becoming more liberal and diverse The rapidly changing sexual culture of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) over the last three decades is emblematic of the country’s ongoing economic and cultural revolutions and yet inseparable from its history. When we wrote our book, […]

Gender and sexuality, Japan

Japanese Supreme Court considers what’s in a woman’s name

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The recent decision by Japan’s Supreme Court to uphold a controversial law requiring married couples to have the same surname comes as no surprise, writes STACEY STEELE. On 16 December 2015, the Supreme Court of Japan found that a controversial law requiring married couples to have the same surname is constitutional. Nearly 96 per cent […]

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 […]

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