Initially, my heart sort of sank when I read this, because I thought, 'oh, wow, is this Clitoraid reprised?': My ambition is to empower all women to have orgasms.
Which I think is possibly a clickbait headline imposed at a higher editorial level, because Firliana Purwanti really has some sensible things to say from within Indonesian culture (though I am wondering about class and status and degrees of privilege), and its need
to be honest to resolve our issues around teen pregnancy, sexual transmitted diseases, sex workers and discrimination against LGBT people.
What she's really incensed about, and what the bulk of the article concerns, is the imposition of highly physical intrusive (and not actually reliable, hat-tip to Hanne Blank's important work) virginity tests by various state organisations (the police, the military, educational institutions), and it appears that there is a good deal of pushback going on.
I am just not sure whether she has things right end on when she claims that
women who have orgasms have equal personal relationships, are able to express themselves and, most importantly, are free from violence.
Given Kinsey's findings in his 1953 report on US women that there was a notable class, economic and educational-level component to whether women enjoyed sex (almost I think the reverse of men, because as I recall without actually looking it up, he found that middle class men were more likely to be sad anxious unspontaneous creatures with hangups and problems).
I.e. that it's the empowering of women in other areas that enables their orgasmic empowerment.
Yes, I will concede that it's All More Complicated and this is not necessarily universal and that no generalisation is wholly true (including this one), but I am also thinking of the early C20th British birth controllers and their discovery that really, you had to stop women being scared that letting their husband bother them would lead to pregnancy no 12, before they could start thinking about the Marie Stopes vision of conjugal bliss.
Plus, I am not sure the ultimate sign of empowerment is an orgasm.