Last night’s news feed featured an article about the “Anti-Porn Bill” in Indonesia, sponsored by the newly-ascendant Islamic fundamentalists in the Muslim regions of the archipelago.
What the Islamic zealots mean by “porn” is not what you and I would call porn, however. It means “anything done or displayed by a woman that might conceivably tend to arouse erotic feelings in a man”. In other words, anything from wearing a low-cut blouse to batting her eyelashes at a man could turn a woman into a porn star.
The bill is based only on the “values” of one particular type of Indonesian: the Muslims. It calls for prison terms and fines for kissing in public, exposure of a woman’s “sensual” body parts (for a Muslim that can even be a fingernail) and the display of “erotic” artwork.
Indonesia is the world’s largest Muslim-majority country in the world.