Photos Of Women in ‘Baju Kurung’ Used Alongside Graphic Pornographic Captions On Facebook
*Warning: This article contains graphic depictions of sexual content. Reader discretion is advised.
A Facebook page depicting images of women in ‘baju kurung’ alongside pornographic captions was recently uncovered by activist Akhi Fairuz Al-Jengkawi. The page was using pictures and videos from the social media accounts of women (who were probably left unaware).
Taking to both his Twitter and Facebook profile on the 31st of May, Akhi Fairuz Al-Jengkawi brought attention to the page after someone sent him a message about its existence.
Yesterday, someone sent me a private message about a fb page that indulged in the fetish towards satin ‘baju kurungs’. After the search for pictures and videos of women, they were all used as capital for masturbation.”
The page had hundreds of images of women in satin clothing and tudungs. The accompanying captions were inappropriate and in turn, elicited equally inappropriate responses from followers who commented on them.
The captions include,
“Wouldn’t it be great to do whatever you’d please. To immediately rub your ___ against the baju kurung of this sister?”
And more. The screenshots do not include the interactions on the images, save for one where over a hundred likes and a few thousand views can be seen recorded.
Comments range from “Hi…Teacher” to “Send a full picture of the teacher wearing the full baju kurung” and worse – “Wow, it would be a shock to kiss her armpits [they] sure sour”.
Akhi Fairuz Al-Jengkawi relates this to a form of the disorder known as “paraphilia”. Paraphilia is defined as:
“Any emotional disorder characterized by sexually arousing fantasies, urges, or behaviors that are recurrent, intense, occur over a period of at least six months, and cause significant distress or interfere with the sufferer’s work, social function, or other important areas of functioning.”
It is important to note that paraphilia and normal sexual variants/behaviours differ from each other as paraphilia will affect the daily life of the person in the ways that are mentioned above. There are 8 different subsets of paraphilia and these include voyeurism (watching an unsuspecting/non-consenting individual who is either nude, disrobing, or engaging in sexual activity), exhibitionism (exposing one’s own genitals to an unsuspecting person) and frotteurism (touching or rubbing against a non-consenting person). Akhi Fairuz Al-Jengkawi relates the people running and/or on the page to the paraphilic subset of fetishism, where people achieve stimulation from inanimate objects. In this case, they are the satin baju kurungs worn in the images.
He goes on to say that no one knows who these women are or where they came from but, with the way that social media works today, it’s highly plausible that the women in the photos and videos are not aware that their likeness is being used as pornographic material. Comments on the post from women suggest that some of these pictures are from people who were simply looking to sell their old clothes. Some have recalled receiving messages asking about the preloved satin baju kurungs that they were selling, only for the buyer to back out after.
“I’ve had a man message me about buying my preloved satin baju kurung. I thought it was for their family member.”
Akhi Fairuz Al-Jengkawi went on to say,
“This is on Facebook; it’s public. Everyone can read and access this material. Imagine being in a private group, on WhatsApp, on Telegram. There could be a picture of us or someone we know.”
He goes on to call out women who are uploading images of themselves onto social media, saying how issues like these are not new and have been brought up as warnings.
“What are you chasing for? Fame, likes, followers, going viral, these things don’t last.”
Comments on the post also range from fear to condemning the women for posting “suggestive photos”.
“Even slippers and baju kurung are enough? Whatever is going on with people these days. Have we not had enough happen in 2020?”
“My mom always said, ‘Even if a woman complies with Sharia law in her dressing with her scarf and her clothes are loose so people can’t see her body, but there will be men (I mean not all men) who look at her like she is not wearing clothes’. People these days are scary.”
“Women are also one kind. Taking pictures with things jutting out here and there.”
This brings us back to the question, what’s worse – the way women choose to dress or the way women’s likeness is used inappropriately and more often than not, without their consent? The way women dress has always been used as an excuse for rape and harassment cases. Everything from low slung jeans and low cut tops to the amount of make-up a woman chooses to apply can be used against her. This assumption that the way one dresses is an invitation to others has lead to victim-blaming and cases of harassment, rape and abuse thrown out of courts. With this incident involving women who are appropriately dressed and covered, is it still their fault? Or could we possibly – finally – blame the people who are misusing the images?
At this point in time, the page in question has been removed from Facebook.
*Cover image credits: Background: Kon Karampelas on Unsplash Screenshot of page: Akhi Fairuz Al-Jengkawi