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Attending Mojo Conference Asia, Bangkok

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Mojo Conference Asia 2019 gathered 250+ journalists and media-related professionals mainly from Asia to discuss, examine, and learn the newest trend in the media landscape: mobile journalism. Hosted by Konrad Adenauer Stiftung.





[Spoken Words] Someone Grabbed My Chest

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One afternoon a person I know grabbed my chest

told me to cover it and don't be a showcase


I dodged his hand moving towards me

demanded his immediate apology


But he said sorry because I was angry

not for invading my body


He held my back towards him to denotes

that we're fine but I am not.


Because it wasn't the joke that is rubbish
But without my consent, the touch is a wrong choice.

I choose not to fear

I shouted to make it clear


It is never your business

to comment on my body and be a fashion police


You may see a woman with burqa or bikini

or me with a tuxedo or naked in the city

fat, athletic, or skinny

from all spectrum of sexuality


Don't teach us what to wear

But teach your brain to be aware


this is my right to express

and not your chance to oppress


- Bandung, December 11, 2018


Picture is taken from Sea School of Embodiment 



Ketika Berita Saya Dicap “Pro-LGBT”

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Ketika laporan saya ‘Pengamat Nilai Indonesia Punya Ruang Bagi LGBT’ dikomentari 400 netizen, kemarin, saya tidak kaget kalau saya dicap bias dan pro-LGBT. Sejumlah komentar netizen menuding berita itu (dan juga media tempat saya bekerja) mendukung keberadaan minoritas gender LGBT. Tudingan yang sama disematkan pula kepada BBC Indonesia atas laporan berikut ini.

Tapi, hey, tunggu dulu. Apakah netizen bisa menjelaskan apa itu bias dan pro-LGBT? Tidak ada yang membahasnya. Mereka bahkan tidak menyebut bagian mana dari laporan saya atau laporan BBC yang dianggap bias. Saya malah curiga mereka tidak benar-benar membaca isi laporan dan hanya menghakimi, secara reaktif, berdasarkan interpretasi mereka terhadap judul semata.

Dari mana netizen mengambil kesimpulan bahwa laporan itu mendukung A atau B? Ketika saya menulis bahwa LGBT menjadi korban kekerasan, dan bahwa Islam punya tafsir alternatif terhadap keberadaan LGBT, apakah saya mendukung keberadaan LGBT? Saya hanya memberitahu bahwa…