The story behind Indonesia's most progressive women's magazine
Feminine ideals in Indonesia are in flux as more women enter the workforce. Exposure to global influences such as celebrity, fashion and style has increased and more and more people have the opportunity to travel and experience other cultures.
As the definition of femininity evolves, women carefully try to negotiate the boundaries between enduring ideals of being a dutiful and pious wife, daughter and mother to aspirations of becoming a modern, independent woman. This can often be difficult living in a collective culture of judgement.
In this video interview we speak to Devi Asmarani, co-founder and chief editor of Magdalene, an online publication offering perspectives on women’s issues rarely heard in local mainstream media, and now gaining a strong following especially among young Indonesians. Their content also promotes diversity and pluralism beyond the realm of women, and often addresses topics considered taboo.
Devi shares the story of Magdalene from its beginnings, the thinking behind it, and how readers have responded to their content.
Image source: Magdalene
- Article by Adri Reksodipoetro