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60 Years of Marilyn Monroe's Death: Why Are We Still Obsessed With Her?

As we approach the 60th anniversary of the death of Marilyn Monroe, we can learn a few lessons about the art and implications of dying a huge public personality.

by Freya Jarman August 5, 2022
Julia Suryakusuma on Mother, Motherhood, and Ibuism

Author and feminist activist Julia Suryakusuma shares the experiences that shaped her to become a feminist, her mother, as well as the tough choices she had to face as a mother.

by Patresia Kirnandita, Junior Editor September 15, 2020
Why Are We Fascinated with Dictators?

Whether they live a Spartan life like revolutionaries or flaunt their wealth like gangsta rappers, dictators know how to seduce and scare us.

by Mario Rustan, Columnist June 26, 2018
'Pengkhianatan G30S/PKI' a Warning Against Military Fascism

Watching the old movie Pengkhianatan G30S/PKI tells more about the Soeharto regime's 1980s than the turbulent period following the 1965 abortive coup.

by Mario Rustan, Columnist October 10, 2017
Study Finds Women in Gender-equal Countries Have Better Cognitive Skills

Perhaps not coincidentally, some of the longest standing democracies in the new study happen to be the ones which are more gender-egalitarian.

by Magdalena Zawisz August 28, 2017
The Poetic Jihadists and Toxic Sensitive Masculinity

Who says sensitive masculinity can't be bad? Apparently the militants in the Islamic State have been using romantic poetry to lure young men and women to join their campaign of violence.

by Mario Rustan, Columnist August 9, 2017
The F-word: The Rise and Fall of Feminist Movements in Indonesia

Feminist movement has had its ups and downs in the last century in Indonesia, countering challenges posed by repressive government to religious conservatives

by Hera Diani October 5, 2016
China's Rise as Global Superpower, But I'm not Impressed

China continues its rise as global superpower, but often at the cost of freedom and humanity.

by Mario Rustan, Columnist June 8, 2016
Media, State, Public, and Sex Crimes

What the proliferation of rape cases in the past two weeks tells us about the media, state and the public perception on sex violence.

by Mario Rustan, Columnist May 24, 2016
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Women Some of the Worst Victims in 1965 Atrocities

Women were some of the most targeted in the 1965 state-sponsored atrocities to purge communist from Indonesia -- will a symposium on the events that took place this week bring a meaningful closure to this dark chapter of the country's history?

by Hera Diani April 21, 2016