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I more or less wrapped up my thoughts on contemporary gender issues in article titled "A Woman's Work", published by The Jakarta Globe today, Friday 23 December.

Do you also feel the same about the wifework  you've been doing in your household?

We will be going to Indonesia for a good month. Kids are very excited to see their grandparents and cousins again. They also made a list of food they want to eat to their hearts content: risoles, nasi goreng, mie goreng, somay.

I wish you all a very merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


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Dec. 23rd, 2011 01:44 pm (UTC)
a case for the good cause
Let's start by saying I wish all four of you a tremendous X-mas, a great turn of the year and an unforgettable holiday in Indonesia.

As for the article I have to admit it is a real bazooka in making your case. It deserves hurray and three cheers. You as matter of course are absolutely right: "Simply put, society could not function if it depended on paid work alone".

I wonder though if keeping a household going and ( especially) raising one's kids should be measured in an economic way. It is quite an effort indeed, it's is not just a 24/7 occupation, it involves huge responsibilities - yet I think it's wrong to measure all this devotion in terms of money. I think, at least I hope, that caring for and educating of one's children is of another dimension. A significantly higher one.

And by the way: societies ( and individuals) who see "a soldier sitting eight hours a day in a missile silo as usefully employed", have to be nuts :).

Dec. 23rd, 2011 08:18 pm (UTC)
Re: a case for the good cause
In this world, everything is obviously measured by money. Cashing out motherhood is an effective way to give understanding on how expensive a mother work actually is.

Welfare countries in Europe understand this better --> the govt gives maternity/parental leave for BOTH parents --> shared parenting burden. And in some countries, there are even quotas for women's position in key positions in politics -->women are better represented in those countries --> we are heard more.

IMHO, the key is really for mothers to deal with the father domestically to share the parenting and household burdens. However, it would be tremendously hard if the society (motored by the govt) still undervalues mother work --> that's why the cashing out is important.

Degrading mother's work a vicious cycle that needs to stop --> the best way is to make wives and mothers understand the value of their work and that they DO HAVE human rights --> they will then feel empower and ready to negotiate with their spouses.
Dec. 25th, 2011 06:38 pm (UTC)
Kudos on your article! I completely agree that we need to raise the value of domestic work or women's work in society. The unpaid work women and some men do adds so much to the richness and function of home life. I just reposted your article to my facebook. Your sentiments support the tennants of radical homemakers. If you don't already know of her, you might enjoy Shannon Hayes writing as well.


Thank you for articulating what needs to be broadcasted.
Dec. 28th, 2011 02:44 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Will check he link once I'm back in OZ. The internet connection is verrry slooow at my parents' house :D
Dec. 25th, 2011 06:43 pm (UTC)
PS. have a Merry Christmas and a fantastic time in Indonesia!
Dec. 28th, 2011 02:45 pm (UTC)
Same to you!
Dec. 25th, 2011 08:10 pm (UTC)
Very nice read.

Merry Christmas!
Dec. 28th, 2011 02:46 pm (UTC)
Apr. 15th, 2012 05:28 am (UTC)
Congratz yah mbak buat artikelnya:-) -hitri-
Jul. 20th, 2012 07:51 am (UTC)
Thank you, Hit.
Jul. 4th, 2012 06:18 pm (UTC)
Hi Santi! How is the kids' French speaking and reading coming along?

--Sarah @ babybilingual.blogspot.com
Jul. 20th, 2012 07:51 am (UTC)
Hi Sarah! Nice to see your kids on your blog. Hope to write a blog post sometime next week.
Jul. 20th, 2012 07:09 am (UTC)
hi Santi, how're you doing? Haven't heard from you for a while. Miss you and your insightful articles you shared in facebook. Those are good readings.

Hope you and family are all doing well.

Jul. 20th, 2012 07:47 am (UTC)
Re: hi
Hi Lin! We are safe and sound. I got FB fatigue back in April and deactivated my account since then. Kids are fine. We are moving to a new house, just 800 meter away from where we used to live, but you know the craziness is the same as moving to another country. I will go back to univ next week, taking post-graduate research, hoping to get PhD in 4-5 years :D.
Kisses for you kids and say hi to Rizal.
Jul. 26th, 2012 05:05 pm (UTC)
Hi San!
I miss your writing San. I checked your blog and it's still the one on New Year. Hope everything's OK with you. Lucky you have the Indonesian/Social Studies Dept. available near your home.

Hani@ hani_louisville
Jul. 26th, 2012 11:09 pm (UTC)
Re: Hi San!
Hi Mbak Han :D!

Apa kabar?

The Univ is an hour commute by bus but yeah it's still in Sydney.

You're right .. I've been neglecting this blog for way too long. I might write some updates in the coming weeks/days.

Miss chatting with you :D!!


Jul. 28th, 2012 01:43 pm (UTC)
8 yrs too old to start?
Hi San.. salam kenal,
Semoga kamu ada waktu untuk baca/bales komen saya. I have an 8 yr old son and I never teach him bahasa. Whenever I tried to teach him, he gets bored or lose interest. I don;t have any indonesian literatures, song or anything at home and I don't know how to get one without spending so much money. Any idea on how to start at this age and keep his interest? He lives with me every other week. His father is american and don't speak a lick of bahasa.

Thank you!
Aug. 12th, 2012 12:24 am (UTC)
Re: 8 yrs too old to start?
Hi Ren. Di perpustakaan or di amazon, biasanya ada buku mgn dongeng dari indonesia dalam bahasa inggris. Atau pinjem buku2 bergambar mengenai Indonesia. Kalau anak udah usia sekolah, pendekatannya tidak sama dgn anak balita ... anak usia sekolah udah punya opini so kalau mereka dibikin tertarik dgn Indonesia, mungkin akan membuat mereka tertarik untuk belajar bhs Ind.
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