13/12/08

The philosophy of porn

It is with pride that I post my first link to Indonesia’s new-born English language newspaper, The Jakarta Globe. Not just because its editor appears in The Wisdom of Whores, translated the book into Indonesian and is one of my dearest friends, but also because they are publishing fun stuff. Including this reflection on the questions raised by Indonesia’s absurd anti-porn law, from a lecturer in philosophy.

” I did not ask my students to give a definition of pornography. I asked them to give examples of what they considered pornographic. … Some examples my students gave: Playboy magazine (which is so puritan here that more skin can be seen in the Indonesian version of Cosmopolitan), prostitution and striptease (there are already laws concerning these), pornographic movies, photos and literature, adultery (in the sense of pre and extramarital sex), kissing in public, Inul’s form of dangdut and miniskirts. From these, we cannot deduce a clear definition. Many students gave examples concerning male desire for the opposite sex and the consequences of this desire, like rape, for example.”

Read the rest here.

If you don’t know what Inul’s form of dangdut is, you’re in for a treat. (It’s so compellingly trashy that I’m not allowed to embed the viedo.)

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