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Your Sex Life Just Took A Massive Hit From Indonesia’s President, Now You’re Paying Attention

Welp, that's Bali's tourism industry gone in a flash.

After Bali announced that it will be booting Aussie bogans back to Australia if they get overly grotty, Indonesia has now announced that it will put you all in jail if you decide to have extramarital sex while visiting the country.

According to The Sydney Morning Herald, the increasingly-conservative Indonesian government are planning to introduce a series of sweeping legal changes that’ll make extramarital sex a jailable offence, even if it is consensual.

But lawmakers aren’t just cracking down on unmarried folks who want to get freaky in the sheets. Living together without being legally married – which can include simply sharing a hotel room with a friend – and obscene acts in public both will land you a six-month prison stint.

But look, these draconian laws aren’t all doom and gloom. The Indonesian government also plan on criminalising fake news, bestiality and black magic so it’s not all bad for us tourists from Australia.

If this extramarital sex law sounds like something ultra-conservative Indonesian lawmakers pulled out of their arse to punish tourists in Bali for not taking their pearl clutching seriously, well you’d be right actually.

Melbourne University and director of the Centre for Indonesian Law, Islam and Society Professor Tim Linsday says the highly regressive “extramarital sex provision is new to Indonesia” and can be pinned on the growing “moral panic” and “increasing conservatism” in the country, which has already targeted people from the LGBTQI+ community and other minorities.

Lindsay does note that the country is “awash with laws that are never enforced, so there’s that to take into consideration.

With hanky panky likely to be made illegal in Indonesia, this will undoubtedly have a massive impact on tourism. With the threat of jail looming for unmarried tourists, visiting Bali has suddenly become a travel risk should these new legal changes go through.

Don’t expect Bali to turn into a haven for married couples either as they’re likely to be vulnerable to extortion from corrupt cops who will insist you’re not married unless you pay them.

Unsurprisingly, these planned legal changes have sparked concern from human rights groups. Human Rights Watch Indonesia researcher Andreas Harsono thinks the laws will be passed but will be “lobbying multiple parties to try and stop this.”

In the worst case scenario that where the laws do get passed, it’ll be a “couple of years” for the laws to be enforced so there’s a tiny silver lining.

So to all those tourists from Australia or wherever, if you’re planning to visit Bali then better get in quick before the ridiculous extramarital sex laws get passed.

Otherwise, I hear that Japan and Fiji are quite nice places where you can have all the fun and extramarital sex you want.

Married At First Sight Shows There’s More To Learn About Consent

"Take your bra off! Let it hang!"

Amanda and Tash have had a really hard time connecting with each other. We could’ve put it down to Amanda’s fiery personality or Tash’s dating history, but the first commitment ceremony was full of red flags.

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In the commitment ceremony, there was one particular interaction that had us shocked and it’s when Amanda said: “If it were up to me, we probably would have slept together by now.”

Now, we all know that consent requires everyone involved in the situation to give an enthusiastic ‘yes’, and Tash hasn’t given any indication that she wants to be that intimate with Amanda. In fact, it was the opposite. 

Tash actually described in detail how her feelings evolved from initial attraction to lack thereof, saying: “I was acting a certain way at the wedding and now my body language changed and she’s really intuitive and I knew she could pick it up. I wish I felt burning, strong, firey chemistry, I wish I did, but I’m not going to bullshit it.”

And Amanda knew this, but it didn’t stop Tash from blaming herself for the whole saga. She said: “I hurt her, but I was honest. I feel like I ruined the honeymoon, really, and it was pretty hard to recover from it and it drove a big wedge between us.”

Also, it didn’t help that Amanda cornered her wife, in front of 21 other people, outlining her lack of intimacy in their relationship, saying: “Quality time for me is watching a movie together… We didn’t watch a single movie together…  I’m talking away from the public… I’m talking in the room, with no one around, like your walls down, our PJ’s are on and we’re just our complete selves, our bras are literally off, and we’re enjoying each other’s company… Take your bra off! Let it hang! Do you know what I mean?” 

So, essentially we have a situation with an abundance of issues. Tash feels like she’s in the wrong because she isn’t feeling the same feelings as her partner and Amanda feels the need to vocalise what she would have done if she was “calling the shots.” Newsflash, it’s not “calling the shots” if one member of the relationship is not up for the intimacy. 

So unless Tash changes her mind, falls in love with Amanda and begin in something more than a friendship, the bras stay on.

If you haven’t done your MAFS homework, make sure you catch up on previous lessons. So far, we’ve learnt about gaslighting, why adults still need supervision, to never force chemistry, to not make a fool of yourself when there are cameras aroundhow to meet people in a socially acceptable way and also how crappy friends can ruin a relationship.

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Joey From ‘10 Things I Hate About You’ Is A Cult Leader IRL And I Can’t Cope

I guess the tube sock ad didn't work out.

Remember Joey Donner from everyone’s favourite 90s flick 10 Things I Hate About You? He was the OG f*ckboy and every parent’s worst nightmare – but in real life, he’s apparently a cult leader who got done for illegally selling kombucha.

According to Marie Claire, Andrew Keegan – who played Joey in the film –  is the co-founder of “California spiritual community” Full Circle, where he “passionately seeks to inspire and empower the community to co-create a better world.”

Apparently, in his role Keegan is often referred to as a “guru” and “promotes organic experiences within the temple, including hand-holding, group meditation, spooning, crystals, candles and ‘soul medicine.’” Full Circle even has a pet parrot called Krishna, reflecting the religion’s Hindu influence.

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In a 2014 article, Vice characterised Full Circle as a “new religion,” however publications including Jezebel have labelled it a cult. In a 2015 interview with Keegan, Lauren Bans of New York Magazine wrote, “the actual theology of the group is tough to in down, but it seems to loosely follow Hinduism – or at least Russell Brand’s Sanskrit-tattoo version of it.”

If all this hadn’t blown your mind enough, in 2015, Keegan was reportedly raided by California’s Department of Alcohol Beverage Control for “illegally selling Kombucha that wasn’t labelled alcoholic.”

“Kombucha is something we’d never imagine to be an illegal substance, and it’s frustrating the system has that perspective,” Keegan said. “We’re certainly taking full responsibility. We try to put our best foot forward.”

According to Vice, Keegan’s “spiritual transformation” came from a traumatic experience in 2011 when he and two friends were attacked by gang members in Venice Beach. “The significance of this occurrence is that it happened at the same time the tsunami hit Japan,” he said, relating the incident to a series of events and “weird coincidences.”

Sounds like Keegan’s current life is a far cry from his days as semi-professional tube sock model Joey Donner, but whatever floats your boat, right?

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