Jakarta, TOPNews Indonesia —
Not long ago, the famous preacher Abdullah Gymnastiar or Aa Gym much discussed in social media. His remarks reap the pros and cons of using the term ‘down the machine’ to his wife.
The phrase ‘get off the machine’ was allegedly uttered by Aa Gym in a viral recording that spread on social media. In the recording, Aa Gym is said to have said that Teh Ninih, his wife, has ‘downed the machine’ seven times, or has given birth seven times.
Apart from receiving criticism from netizens, Komnas Perempuan also spoke out about the term ‘down the machine’ which was aimed at women.
Komnas Perempuan Commissioner Bahrul Fuad said the term ‘down the machine’ is a form of verbal violence. The phrase demeans and insults the condition of the female body, is sexist, and places women only as sex objects.
In this case, the image of ‘virgin’ and the elasticity of the female intimate parts are only associated with male satisfaction during sexual intercourse.
“Thus, ‘getting down the machine’ is a form of verbal or symbolic violence against women that has a negative psychological impact on women,” said Fuad in a written statement, Friday (11/6).
Fuad explained that the use of sexist ridicule or insults is part of psychological violence or gender-based verbal violence. The phrase ‘get off the machine’ is said to arise because of the patriarchal culture that perpetuates discrimination against women.
In fact, psychological and verbal violence can cause deep trauma to the victim. Violence perpetrated by a partner can cause a person to feel insecure, helpless, fearful, and even psychologically suffer.
“Therefore, comprehensive handling is an important step in ensuring the fulfillment of constitutional rights, especially self-protection, honor and dignity.” [Pasal 28 G Ayat 1] and free from discrimination [Pasal 28 I Ayat 2], said Fuad.
In addition, Komnas Perempuan also invites everyone to try to change the perspective or mindset and habits of degrading women, including through language.