October 1, 2016 at 5:45 pm

WGSS Reading Group | The Policing of Sexuality in Malaysia, Oct. 26

From left, Dr. Julie White, Director of WGSS and Dr. Kim Little, WGSS faculty adviser

Dr. Julie White (left), Director of WGSS and Dr. Kim Little, WGSS faculty adviser

Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies invites students to join the WGSS Reading Group presentation on “The Policing of Sexuality in Malaysia” on Wednesday, Oct. 26, from 11:50 a.m.  to 12:50 p.m.

The reading group is facilitated by WGSS Allushuski Fellow Wai Ling Fong, a second-year graduate student in the Asian Studies program concentrating in Southeast Asia at Ohio University. She is also completing her certificate in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Her research focuses on womanhood of post-colonial Malaysia in areas of education, educational technology, transnational feminist movements, and postcolonial discourse.

The reading group will meet in the WGSS Conference Room (31 S. Court St. Room 105), and pizza will be served. Questions may be directed to Dr. Kim Little (, Associate Director and Associate Lecturer of WGSS.

Abstract: In Malaysia, sexuality policing is enacted by the state through its religious body and laws in both civil and Shariah court. The freedom to practice one’s sexuality is far from personal and discriminatory where persecution and violence against sexual minorities are typically perpetrated by authority. Through this presentation, I will explore sexuality policing in Malaysia and the multifold historical, sociocultural, and political factors that are contributing.

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