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Indonesian army hints at ending invasive 'virginity tests' for female recruits

Discussion in 'Asia-Pacific Politics' started by danieldemol, Aug 6, 2021.

  1. danieldemol

    danieldemol Well-Known Member
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    'The Indonesian army has hinted that it will end mandatory "virginity tests" for female recruits, in a move that has been welcomed by human rights groups.

    For decades, the army has subjected female recruits -- as well as, in some instances, the prospective wives of male soldiers -- to the "abusive, unscientific, and discriminatory" tests, Human Rights Watch said in a statement on its website.
    During the invasive tests, women have two fingers inserted into their vagina by a doctor of either sex, in a bid to assess whether they have an intact hymen...'

    Source: Indonesian army hints at ending 'virginity tests' for female recruits - CNN

    I would tend to imagine that would discourage a proportion of women from serving, especially if the inspector has long fingernails.

    Hopefully it becomes official and they extend removing the test to other government departments.

    In my opinion.
     
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  2. Revoltingest

    Revoltingest Abnormal before it was fashionable
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    At least it was just fingers.
     
  3. Twilight Hue

    Twilight Hue Twilight, not bright nor dark, good nor bad.

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    The test itself seems pointless anyways. Good move.
     
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  4. stvdv

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    Yes, I am curioius why they would serve, so I googled
    Indonesian army hints at ending invasive 'virginity tests' for female recruits

    I wonder WHY they started doing these tests in the first place?
    My first thought was "to have proof that she has not been raped (or had sex) while serving in the Indonesian army"
     
  5. Dan From Smithville

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    Unless the point is subjugation and humiliation of females. Which seems the only point I can fathom for instituting the practice.
     
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    There is no reasonable purpose for it.
     
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    It is a Muslim country (ca.86%), and I heard (in the news) that keeping virginity is important there, so these tests might have something to do with this
    (I don't say that these tests are 100% proof though;), just saying that I am not so surprised they use these tests)
     
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  8. Dan From Smithville

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    Good point.
     
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  9. Twilight Hue

    Twilight Hue Twilight, not bright nor dark, good nor bad.

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    I think it might have a religious lean or a particular sense of morality that is driving it.
     
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    I am starting to recognize there is that component of it.
     
  11. Kooky

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    Well, misogyny is a common component of societal morals all over the world.
     
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