Women exercising sexual agency in Indonesia

Riyani, Irma and Parker, Lyn (2018) Women exercising sexual agency in Indonesia. Women's Studies International Forum, 69. pp. 92-99. ISSN 0277-5395

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Abstract

This paper examines the sexual agency exercised by married Muslim women in Bandung, Indonesia, in their marital relationships. Dominant discourses teach that women should obey their husbands, and most women believe that they should serve their husbands sexually whenever required. Sex is a taboo subject and women should not discuss sex or initiate sex. Their sexual desire is not acknowledged. However, in-depth interviews with 42 married women, and some husbands, found that a few exceptional women managed to challenge or negotiate around these dominant discourses. The paper examines their exercise of agency with regard to the initiation of sex, positions and practices that they prefer, their ability to say no to sex, ways to avoid having sex and their demand for mutual pleasure in sex.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Sexuality; Women; Islam; Agency
Subjects: Moral Theology > Law and Bases of Morality
Law > Organization and Management of Law
Divisions: Fakultas Ushuluddin > Program Studi Ilmu Al-Qur'an dan Tafsir
Depositing User: Miss Irma Riyani
Date Deposited: 10 Apr 2020 03:40
Last Modified: 10 Apr 2020 03:40
URI: http://digilib.uinsgd.ac.id/id/eprint/30422

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