August 23, 2013 in Women's Rights
After being away from the news for a while for a little R&R, I spent the last hour reading from world media. No surprise here. Things are still as amazingly horrible as they were four days ago. Little has changed (Egypt, Syria, USA, Bradley Manning’s sentence, etc.). Several years ago I thought if I missed reading from about 15 newspapers a day that I would drown in ignorance. Now slowly, over the past 5 years since I began this blog, I see how little difference it makes whether I read the news or not. It’s going to happen anyway and people are going to continue to act as stupidly and badly as they did yesterday. This may, in great part, explain my recent interest in urban gardening. It’s so much more enjoyable.
However, all that being said, let me nominate the following excerpt from the Jakarta Post as the MOST outrageous story of the day from the world media: The town of Prabumulih, South Sumatra has drawn up plans to conduct virginity tests on female students entering high school.
“A plan to conduct virginity tests on female students entering high school in the town of Prabumulih, South Sumatra, has drawn criticism from various quarters.
“The test will be implemented in 2014 and will be paid for out of the city budget,” Prabumulih Education Agency chief HM Rasyid said on Tuesday. He said the test was aimed at reducing vice crimes committed against students.
Rasyid was optimistic the test would have a positive impact, as it would steer female students away from “negative activities”.
“This is for their own good,” he added.” [Yeah, right buster. I'm sure you know what's "good" for someone else--especially a female.]]
Many of us learned at an early age: Whenever someone said “this is for your own good”–what they really meant was “I am going to hurt you really bad and it has absolutely nothing to do with “your own good” and much more with my own twisted moral self-righteous satisfaction.”
By the way, don’t let Rick Perry see this story. He already cares more about regulating vaginas than he cares about regulating fertilizer plants–Just ask the folks who live in West, Texas.
In case you care to pinpoint the location of the Queen’s selection for the height of ignorance this week, here it is–Prabumulih, South Sumatra. Who knows where ignorance will raise its ugly head next week–perhaps Austin, Texas or Washington, DC.
South Sumatra is a province of Indonesia. It is indicated in green on the map below.Indonesia is an archipelago comprising approximately 17,508 islands.It encompasses 34 provinces with over 238 million people, making it the world’s fourth most populous country. (Prabumulih is located near the far bottom right corner of the green area indicating South Sumatra.)