Women in Southeast Asia

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Sexuality and the Filipina
Other Pasts: Women, Gender and History in Early Modern Southeast Asia
Gender and Transitional Justice: The Women of East Timor
Love Sex and Power: Women in Southeast Asia (Monash Papers on Southeast Asia, No. 55)
Muslim Women And Sports in the Malay World: The Crossroads of Modernity And Faith (Islam in Southeast Asia: Views from Within Series)
Women Shaping Islam: Reading the Qu’ran in Indonesia

Sexuality and the Filipina

By Lilia Quindoza Santiago
University of the Philippines Press, 2007

This book marks significant moments in the evolution of gender relations, sexual practices, and notions of sexuality among Filipinos through a reading and re-reading of historical and literary texts from earliest times to the present. Subjugation to Spanish colonialism succeeded in demonizing many of these sexual practices so that today, behavior considered taboo are some customs and rites which are deemed necessary and pleasurable by men and women among Philippine indigenous communities. The discourse in this book is a necessary first step in recuperating what could be a liberating sense of sexuality and gender relations especially for Filipinas in the modern-day world. It is hoped that the discussions will contribute to a sound and healthy discourse on gender and sexuality in the Philippines and finally lead to making sexuality a public discourse-one that can be lived, experienced, and narrated by the men, women, children, and the elderly all over the archipelago, whatever their sexual preferences or orientations.
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Other Pasts: Women, Gender and History in Early Modern Southeast Asia

By Barbara Watson Andaya (Editor)
University of Hawai’i Press – Center for Southeast Asian Studies, 2001

The essays in this collection highlight the changes and continuities in gender roles in early modern Southeast Asia. Offering both a specialist and comparative perspective, the book should provide a useful supplement for cross-cultural courses on women and gender constructions.
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Gender and Transitional Justice: The Women of East Timor

By Susan Harris Rimmer
Routledge Contemporary Southeast Asia Series, 2010

Gender and Transitional Justice provides the first comprehensive feminist analysis of the role of international law in formal transitional justice mechanisms. Using East Timor as a case study, it offers reflections on transitional justice administered by a UN transitional administration. Often presented as a UN success story, the author demonstrates that, in spite of women and children’s rights programmes of the UN and other donors, justice for women has deteriorated in post-conflict Timor, and violence has remained a constant in their lives.

This book provides a gendered analysis of transitional justice as a discipline. It is also one of the first studies to offer a comprehensive case study of how women engaged in the whole range of transitional mechanisms in a post-conflict state, i.e. domestic trials, internationalised trials and truth commissions. The book reveals the political dynamics in a post-conflict setting around gender and questions of justice, and reframes of the meanings of success and failure of international interventions in the light of them.
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Love Sex and Power: Women in Southeast Asia (Monash Papers on Southeast Asia, No. 55)

Susan Blackburn (Editor)
Monash Asia Institute, 2001

Papers presented here deal with various aspects of power and gender in Southeast Asia. Some contributions explore the connections between power, sex, and love. Others examine the ways in which religion, education, and work affect power relations between men and women. A case study illustrates how the Indonesian state used puppeteers to spread the message of family planning. Material originated at a September 1999 workshop held at Monash University. This work is distributed by ISBS. It lacks a subject index.
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Muslim Women And Sports in the Malay World: The Crossroads of Modernity And Faith (Islam in Southeast Asia: Views from Within Series)

By Wirdati Mohammad Radzi
Silkworm Books, 2006

This book examines the challenges faced by young Muslim female athletes from Malaysia, Brunei, and Indonesia in competitive sports. After presenting a socio-historical survey of the Malay world before, during, and after colonization, the author focuses on contemporary social dynamics, including the emergence of Muslim women competing on the international level. Through surveys and interviews conducted at the Twenty-Second South East Asian Games in Hanoi, she captures the athletes’ experiences and perspectives as they compete, often under rules that conflict with Islamic practice.
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Women Shaping Islam: Reading the Qu’ran in Indonesia

By Pieternella van Doorn-Harder
University of Illinois Press , 2006

In the United States, precious little is known about the active role Muslim women have played for nearly a century in the religious culture of Indonesia, the largest majority-Muslim country in the world. While much of the Muslim world excludes women from the domain of religious authority, the country’s two leading Muslim organizations–Muhammadiyah and Nahdlatul Ulama (NU)–have created enormous networks led by women who interpret sacred texts and exercise powerful religious influence.

In Women Shaping Islam, Pieternella van Doorn-Harder explores the work of these contemporary women leaders, examining their attitudes toward the rise of radical Islamists; the actions of the authoritarian Soeharto regime; women’s education and employment; birth control and family planning; and sexual morality. Ultimately, van Doorn-Harder reveals the many ways in which Muslim women leaders understand and utilize Islam as a significant force for societal change; one that ultimately improves the economic, social, and psychological condition of women in Indonesian society.
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