Let Me See Your O-Face
If you were the victim of an impossibly large and deeply-ingrained social injustice, what would you do about it? Would you just go with the flow and accept the cards you’ve been dealt, or would you do everything in your power to liberate yourself and those similar to you through education and encouragement?
Sadly, millions of people across the world today are victims of some sort of social prejudice, whether based on orientation, skin color, nationality, native tongue, or even something as basic as sex. Though it’s lovely to think that men and women are equal in many of today’s most developed countries, that simply isn’t the case.
For Indonesian campaigner and activist Firliana Purwanti, this inequality hits especially close to home. Indonesia is the fourth most populous country on the planet, and it’s also the country with the world’s largest Muslim population. Growing increasingly conservative, the issue of sexuality has become more of a taboo, and the role of women has become more restricted. On the World Economic Forum’s 2015 Gender Gap Index, Indonesia ranked 92nd out of 145 countries for female economic participation and opportunity.
To combat the limited equality of women, Purwanti is taking an unconventional approach that she hopes will empower women first and foremost at home to better prepare them to take on the outside world.
Her plan? She wants women to make sex about them and take back the bedroom.
She’s empowering women one O-face at a time.
“All this while we have been trying to engage men in women’s movement, it’s very difficult. But when it comes to sex, they are engaged immediately.”