Considered Taboo Until Threatened Criminalization

Suara.com – The look on the officer’s face in front of Fatma changed when the 28-year-old woman wrote the word ‘condom’ in the contraceptive choice column on the Posyandu form she filled out. The eyes of the Posyandu cadre in front of him stared straight at Fatma from head to toe.

But Fatma chose to leave. What’s more, the line behind him is also quite snaking. As they passed, the faint voice of a Posyandu officer emphasized that contraception should use an IUD, injection or pill. His tone was half sarcastic about Fatma’s choice of contraception.

“This is a Posyandu, the cadres should understand better that this (condom) is also an option for contraception. But I’m lazy to argue…rather than being considered a teacher,” said Fatma to Suara.com via her short message.

Illustration of a condom (Shutterstock).

In friendship and family, Fatma also said that there are still many who think that the only contraceptive options are injections, pills and IUDs. While condoms were never included in the choice.

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The author of the book “Sorry, Orgasm Is Not Just a Sex Matter”, Ester Pandiangan, has another story. He often wonders why many men are reluctant to use condoms, either as a contraceptive, or to prevent sexually transmitted infections as well as HIV/Aids.

“For example, if you say you are ashamed, now it’s the digital age, we can even buy it on the application, the stigma should be minimized because we don’t meet the seller directly,” said Ester.

But, from a number of conversations with several friends, there are still men who are reluctant to use condoms. In fact, there is a kind of stigma that is formed that those who use condoms are ‘weak’.

“There are people who say that using condoms is cement. In order to feel the sensation of skin to skin, they are willing to risk the risk by not using condoms, “said Ester.

The stagnant rate of condom use in Indonesia

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The participation of men in choosing condoms as a means of contraception has been stagnant for a long time. Head of the National Population and Family Planning Agency (BKKBN) dr. Hasto Wardoyo, Sp.OG(K) being the Head of BKKBN, said that the participation rate in the use of male condoms was never more than 5 percent from time to time.


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