Being a Writer While Young and Female in Indonesia

Writings

Written by Eliza Vitri Handayani, and was originally published in Magdalene. May 19, 2017


To all fellow young female writers in Jakarta

At an art exhibition, a man grabbed my shoulder out of nowhere. He pushed out his bony chest and said, “Hey, I’m a painter!” He looked surprised when I shook his hand off my body and frowned at him – as if that was not the usual reaction he got when he grabbed a girl’s shoulder out of nowhere as if he’d picked up many girls before at art exhibitions simply because he was a painter.

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