Hani Yulindrasari

Hani Yulindrasari is a PhD candidate at the School of Social and Political Science, Faculty of Arts, the University of Melbourne. Her research is on masculinity in Indonesian politics.

The Indonesian Broadcasting Commission (KPI) issued a circular in February preventing television stations from broadcasting programs depicting “feminine” men. Hani Yulindrasari writes that not only does this circular ignore the reality of gender diversity in Indonesia but also contributes to a potentially damaging and toxic version of masculinity.

How voters respond to the spoken, and unspoken, language of masculinity permeating the Indonesian campaign will provide a telling glimpse into the national mindset, argues Hani Yulindrasari.