On Thursday, October 30th 2008, People's Representative Council of The Republic of Indonesia (Indonesian: Dewan Perwakilan Rakyat Republik Indonesia/DPR RI) has been legalize the draft of pornography law. The definition of pornography in that law are:
BAB I, Pasal 1 (1):
Pornografi adalah materi seksualitas yang dibuat oleh manusia dalam bentuk gambar, sketsa, ilustrasi, foto, tulisan, suara, bunyi, gambar bergerak, animasi, kartun, syair, percakapan, gerak tubuh, atau bentuk pesan komunikasi lain melalui berbagai bentuk media komunikasi dan/atau pertunjukan di muka umum, yang dapat membangkitkan hasrat seksual dan/atau melanggar nilai-nilai kesusilaan dalam masyarakat.
BAB I, Pasal 1 (2):
Jasa pornografi adalah segala jenis layanan pornografi yang disediakan oleh orang perseorangan atau korporasi melalui pertunjukan langsung, televisi kabel, televisi teresterial, radio, telepon, internet, dan komunikasi elektronik lainnya serta surat kabar, majalah, dan barang cetakan lainnya.
Try to translated in English:
Chapter I, Article 1 (1):
Pornography is sexuality material which made by human in the form of the picture, sketch, illustration, photograph, writing, voice, sound, moving picture, animation, cartoon, poem, conversation, body movement, or the other form of communication message through various forms of the communication media and/or performance in front of public, which could generate the sexual desire and/or violated the values of morality in the community.
Chapter I, Article 1 (2):
The pornography service is any kind of the pornography service that provided by personal or corporation through the direct performances, cable television, teresterial television, radio, telephone, internet, and other electronics communication as well as the newspaper, magazine, and the other printed matter.
Discussions towards this bill has been begun since 1997 in the People's Representative Council, and until now (after being legalized) there are still many sides who reject this law. When the session for legalize the draft law, often happens interruptions, even two faction, PDIP and PDS, carried out the walk out action. In fact, pornography law have the good intention, to fight pornography which is quite rampant at this era. Many younger generations ever had sex in the early age or was pregnant without married. A phenomenon of the moral value which quite make parents feel restless. According to BBC News, in England, plans to change the law to make it illegal to pay for sex also have attracted criticism from a number of groups.
My personal musing to this issue are:
1) Fortunately, in the pornography law also mentioned that the production, dissemination, and the use of sexuality material can be done for the interests of and possess the value of: art and culture, customs traditions, traditional ritual. If not, the culture (traditional clothes from several ethnic groups), the art (female painting which rather vulgar, naked statue), the science (picture/statue of human body anatomy), could contravene pornography law. I do not know whether bodybuilding contest (sport) also violate these laws.
2) The story about adultery has been exist since the epoch of the prophets until now. According to you how many similar laws in this world that has been created to combat the matters related to pornography. Is pornography become lessen or rampant? Therefore I'm not sure this law will drastically reduce the pornography. Moreover, according to Forbes news, the industry of pornography is an industry billions of dollars.
3) I still believe that the establishment of the human moral will be more effective if done since they born through the education from families and religion, not after they become adults.
4) However, about pornography, the law can only see the outer part through eye and ear, moreover must with the prove, NOT to the inner side (our mind). How if I became passionate when seeing a sexy woman? Can you say I'm porn? Biologically that is very normal and natural (no problem). According to the religion it's a sin, but the pornography law cannot see it. Hmm.... only me.
If you have time, please also read the other sides of true story about night worker ladies, between pity and cost of living. I wanna ask your opinion after read it. Immoral? Social disease? or more realistic? They did not need the feeling of pity or sermon from you. Can you help them financially or give the actual way out?
(Picture taken from http://wikipedia.org)