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Ketika Buku ‘Bule Hunter’ Dicap Vulgar dan Dodol

Tadi malam saya tercengang mendapatkan sebuah email dengan link tentang sebuah blog di kompasiana yang berjudul Buku Dodol dan Vulgar: Salah Kaprah atas Bule dan Lelaki Indonesia.  Wow! Jujur saja, itu  membuat saya sangat resah dan geli. “Budhe… budhe ….yang salah kaprah itu siapa?” tanya saya pada diri saya sendiri. Baca bukunya saja belum tetapi sudah sesumbar.

Hal tersebut membuat saya ingin bertanya pada teman-teman sekalian…

1. Apakah anda pernah mendapatkan SMS dari seorang perempuan muda yang mereka bercerita baru saja melakukan hubungan badan org yang mereka sukai unt pertama kalinya?

2. Apakah anda pernah mendapatkan SMS dari seorang kawan yang mendapari dirinya terkena penyakit menular seks seperti hepatitis B, syphilis atau bahkan HIV/AIDS?

3. Apakah anda pernah mendapati seorang perempuan yang menjadi korban kekerasan rumah tangga atau dalam pacaran?

4. Apakah anda pernah didatangi oleh perempuan-perempuan muda (18-23) yang bercerita betapa ingin mereka mendapatkan jodoh bule karena KEREN titik, tidak ada alasan lainnya?

5. Apakah anda pernah duduk di sebuah taxi dengan pasangan orang Barat alias bule lalu si supir taxi bertanyaWah neng… burungnya pasti besar!“? atau “Wah neng… nikah sama bule pasti cepet kaya ya?

6. Apakah anda pernah duduk dengan seorang pekerja seks komersil yang bekerja untuk menghidupi anaknya karena dia ditolak bekerja formal karena punya penyakit pneumonia?

7. Atau anda pernah mendapati ungkapan, eh kok bule maunya sama yang tampamg babu sih?

Saya sendiri pernah mendapati semuanya itu.

Ketika perempuan-perempuan muda bercerita betapa bahagianya mereka baru saja melakukan hubungan badan dengan orang yang mereka kagumi/cintai, tanpa mau menghakimi atas nama budaya dan norma, saya hanya bilang “Berhati-hatilah! Jangan lupa pakai kondom. Siapa tahu, kamu bukan satu-satunya pasangan! Banyak predator seks di luar sana yang tidak bertanggung jawab dan kemudian membawa penyakit pada diri kamu,”

Lalu ketika seseorang mendapati diri mereka terinfeksi sexual transmitted disease seperti hepatitis B, HIV/AIDS, syphilis atau gonoreha …. tentu saya tidak akan menjauhi mereka, saya akan memberikan ruang dan waktu sebisa saya untuk membantu mereka even it is just a moral support! Saya banyak menemui kasus ini sampai kadang saya hanya berdiam diri dan mendengarkan saja karena yang mereka butuhkan telinga untuk mendengarkan bukan judgment kenapa mereka sampai seperti itu.

Belum lagi, saya sering mendapati cerita perempuan-perempuan muda yang bercerita bahwa pacar/suami mereka (yang notabene bule) sangat abusive baik psychically or emotionally hanya karena mereka adalah tuan-tuan berduit sehingga mereka merasa bisa melakukan kekerasan terhadap pasangan mereka yang notabene orang Indonesia yg dianggapnya bakal mau diabuse hanya karena uang. Sayangnya mereka terlalu takut untuk ke polisi atau bercerita pada keluarga. Yang ada mereka lari pada kawan.

Lalu…. bukan hanya lima atau sepuluh kali saya sering mendapati perempuan-perempuan muda berbagi dengan saya bahwa mereka pengen sekali punya jodoh bule dengan satu alasan KEREN titik. Tidak ada alasan lain. Bagi saya, alasan itu sebenarnya tidak cukup kuat. Bule atau bukan, mereka semua adalah laki-laki dan manusia dengan sifatnya dan latar belakang masing-masing. Bisa dibilang, bule itu cuma ‘chasingnya’ doang!

Nah kalau sudah begitu…. anda mau bilang apa? Apa anda mau melarang? Ya enggak kan….? Setiap orang punya mimpi dan cita-cita masing-masing. Ada yang mimpinya tentang jodoh mereka seperti apa, pekerjaan mereka seperti apa dan lain sebagainya. Kalau pun ada yang bilang jodoh di tangan Tuhan ya, ya monggo. Saya enggak bisa menggunakan religious approach untuk menanggapi curhatan kawan-kawan tersebut.

Yang paling parah adalah saya sering mendapatkan pertanyaan tentang hal-hal ‘nyleneh’ ketika saya jalan dengan kawan pria bule saya. Mereka bertanya apakah dia burungnya besar, pasti bule kaya. Waduh….saya sudah jengah dengan hal-hal ini.

Terus, apakah seseorang yang pergi ke club malam, cafe atau pekerja seks komersil adalah bukan perempuan baik-baik? Apa artinya perempuan yang ingin melepaskan lelahnya atau give themselves an award by going to cafe or bar or night club after long week of working kemudian berarti mereka bukan perempuan baik-baik? Baik-baik menurut apa dan siapa? Apa standardnya? Bisa tolong dijelaskan?

Lalu ketika orang-orang mengatakan bahwa perempuan yang jalan dengan bule adalah perempuan bertampang babu, tentu tidak semuanya; hanya karena kulit mereka hitam dan krempeng tidak seperti perempuan yang ada di billboard iklan shampoo di sepanjang jalan atau perempuan ideal di dalam televisi Indonesia dengan standar putih, kulit putih dan rambut hitam panjang. Bagi saya, saya ingin bertanya apakah sih artinya cantik? Apa sih artinya tampang babu. Kecantikan/keindahan itu relatif, tergantung pada orang yang melihat bukan.

Sayangnya masyarakat kita suka dengan mudah menghakimi dan tak jarang yang dihakimi pun hanya diam saja. Saya jengah! Saya gerah!  Saya ingin berbagi pada orang lain bahwa there’s another part of life yang merupakan bagian dari kehidupan kita sehari-hari yang mungkin tidak kita pahami tapi kita terlalu mudah menghakimi. Bahkan antar sesama orang Indonesia sendiri.

Jujur saja ini merupakan suatu kegelisahan saya, kenapa saya menulis buku yang cukup kontroversial dan kemudian diputarbalikkan sehingga keren. Tujuan saya bukan bisnis tapi mengajak orang yang merefleksikan kembali.

Saat The Magdalene mengulas tentang Bule Hunter: Money, Sex and Love dengan judul artikel What “Bule Hunter” Wants, saya merasa pesan saya tersampaikan. Lalu pada hari Minggu, 7 September melalui Indonesia Now, Metro TV kembali mengulas buku Bule Hunter: Money, Sex and Love, lagi-lagi saya senang bahwa pesan saya tersampaikan. Dan tanggal 8 September lalu, The Jakarta Post kembali memuat artikel tentang saya sebagai penulis buku Bule:Hunter, Money, Sex and Love dan lagi-lagi pesan saya tersampaikan.

Namun pada tanggal 9 September lalu, salah satu media online ternama di Indonesia menuliskan sembilan berita yang misleading membuat saya, dibully dan dicaci seolah saya pendosa besar. Untung saja, Beritasatu kembali menyampaikan pesan dibalik buku Bule Hunter: Money, Sex and Love. Begitu juga dengan artikel di vemale.com; Wolipop dan juga suara.com.

Ya begitulah tak kenal maka tak sayang, sudah anti duluan. Lebih parahnya lagi referensi berita yang misleading dijadikan patokan untuk menulis blog menyerang saya. Oh well… I’m only human who wants to make a small contribution to the Indonesian women especially to them who are in relationship with westerner but often being UNFAIRLY JUDGED by the society! If you thought that I would be perfect, I apologise for being human! I am far from the definition of perfection!

-Oktofani-

Hartoyo

Kemarin (10/9/14), saya diminta untuk memoderatori peluncuran buku “Bule Hunter: Money, Sex and Love” karya Elisabeth Oktofani dengan nara sumber  Myra Diarsi, aktivis perempuan dan juga dihadiri oleh ebbrapa peserta yang juga melakukan pernikahan campur antar bangsa di Reading Room, Kemang Jakarta Selatan.

Buku ini jika dilihat dari judul dan komentar-komentar dari Facebook atau berita di media banyak dapat kritik dari publik, terutama dari orang-orang bule itu sendiri maupun beberpa perempuan yang kebetulan menikah dengan bule.

Buku ini mengungkapkan kegelisahan2 atau “kemarahan” penulis atas pola ketidakadilan yang berkaitan dengan persoalan: 1. Relasi antara perempuan dan laki-laki dlam segala hal, 2. Relasi antara negara yg dianggap maju/beradab (barat), dalam hal ini laki-laki bule dengan negara2 timur/dunia ketiga/asia dlam hal ini perempuan Indonesia.

Walau penulis kurang membongkar atau menguliti secara detail pola-pola ketimpangan itu (katanya akan ada buku selanjutnya membongkar lebih dalam), tetapi penulis berhasil, minimal membuat saya memahami bahwa ini ada persoalan ketimpangan gender dalam perkawinan antar bangsa yg semakin rumit.

Sepertinya buku ini kalau diulas menggunakan buku Orientalis karya Edward Said dan buku The Clash of Civilization and the Remaking of World Order karya Samuel P. Huntington akan dapat inti persoalannya, tentunya menggunakan pisau analisis gender. – Hartoyo, General Secretary of Our Voice Indonesia

Catatan: tulisan ini diambil dari Facebook mas Hartoyo dengan ijin beliau

Wanita Indonesia Bersuami Pria Asing Tak Selalu “Bule Hunter”

Jakarta – Apa yang ada di benak seorang wanita Indonesia ketika memilih pasangan pria asing, baik itu suami atau pacar?

Adalah hak jika seseorang memilih pasangan orang Indonesia asli atau pria asing.

Namun masyarakat umum cenderung menilai bahwa wanita Indonesia yang memilih pasangan bule, demikian mereka biasa disebut, adalahbule hunter, alias wanita pengejar bule.

Hal inilah yang tengah dicoba untuk diluruskan oleh Elizabeth Oktofani. Melalui bukunya, Bule Hunter, wanita ini mencoba menjelaskan kepada masyarakat wanita Indonesia yang memiliki suami atau pacar pria asing bukanlah hal yang salah.

“Selama ini wanita yang memiliki pasangan pria bule sering disebut sebagai bule hunter. Padahalbule hunter memiliki konotasi yang negatif, yang menghakimi si wanita sebagai wanita murahan, cewek matre, yang hanya ingin sekadar seks,” katanya saat meluncurkan bukunya di Jakarta, Rabu (10/9).

Menurutnya, sama dengan wanita Indonesia yang menikahi pria Indonesia, wanita Indonesia yang memilih pasangan pria asing juga memiliki motivasi tertentu untuk mencapai tujuannya.

“Ada yang termotivasi untuk mendapatkan cinta, kebahagiaan, seks dan bahkan uang.”

Memang ada wanita-wanita Indonesia yang mencari sekadar seks dan uang pada pasangan bule-nya, tapi tidak semua. Dan wanita-wanita inilah yang sebenarnya mungkin banyak dinilai sebagai wanita pencari kesenangan belaka.

“Tapi tidak adil rasanya jika digeneralisasi bahwa semua wanita Indonesia yang memiliki pasangan pria asing seperti itu semua,” ujar Fani.

Pada kesempatan yang sama, feminis sekaligus pemerhati isu-isu perempuan, Myra Diarsi menyatakan setuju dengan pendapat Fani. Setiap wanita Indonesia memiliki hak yang sama untuk memilih pasangannya dan mencari kebahagiaan dari pasangannya.

“Banyak wanita yang bersuami pria bule memang jatuh cinta dan ingin menciptakan keluarga yang seutuhnya. Mungkin bedanya hanya pada penampilannya, bahwa bule biasanya berkulit putih, tinggi dan sebagainya. Namun banyak dari mereka yang memang ingin bahagia dengan pasangannya,” ujarnya.

Melalui bukunya, Fani ingin mengedukasi masyarakat bahwa stigma itu tidak bisa diberlakukan pada semua wanita Indonesia yang mencintai pria asing.

Ia berjanji, anggapan miring masyarakat akan terluruskan setelah mereka membaca Bule Hunter. Buku ini tersedia di toko buku-toko buku dengan harga Rp 65.000 per eksemplar.

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Tulisan ini dimuat oleh  Beritasatu.com pada tanggal 10 Sept. 2014

Elisabeth Oktofani: Exploring the world of ‘bule’ hunters

Elisabeth Oktofani: Exploring  the world of ‘bule’  hunters

by: Novia D. Rulistia, The Jakarta Post

After dating many Caucasian guys, locally known as bule, since she was a teenager, 27-year-old writer Elisabeth Oktofani settled down when she married a Canadian three years ago.

“I had many relationships with bule and reached a point when I couldn’t care less if I dated a bule or not. But then I finally found a peace of mind with my husband, who turned out to be bule,” Fani said.

Her story dated to high school in Yogyakarta, when many of her girlfriends got invitations to connect on Friendster, the once-popular social media outlet, in the early 2000s.

Fani, however, stayed out of the fray. Initially.

“My hair was curly, I had a dark complexion and I had no boyfriend — I felt ugly. But then I got a friend request on Friendster from a bule who then asked to meet me in person,” Fani said. “So I thought if it was difficult to find local boyfriends, I would just try dating bule because they liked girls like me.”

After going out with a lot of Western men, she realized that many would appreciate her more if they could talk about many things with her.

“At first, I didn’t feel much appreciated — maybe because as a teenager, I had a lack of confidence and knowledge,” she said. “That’s why I easily ended up relationship with someone and find another one until I eventually realized that I also needed to be knowledgeable to hang out with them.”

She was often judged by the people around her about her relationships with the Westerners. They told her that she went out with them only because they were rich, and bule liked her because she was ugly.

“That annoyed me, because not all relationships between Indonesian girls and bule are like that. There are other things the society should know behind the relationship between Indonesian woman and bule,” Fani said.

She then decided to make a book which was based on her experience and her friends. The book, Bule Hunter: Kisah Wanita Pemburu Bule (Bule Hunter: Stories of Women who Pursue Westerners), aims to get rid of stigma attached to Indonesian women who date bule only for their money.

“We want to let people know that there are also relationships with bule that are based on love,” she said.

Fani said the idea to make the book popped up in 2007 when she first heard the phrase “bule hunter”.

“It was a funny word I thought. I started to find out more about this, listened to my friends who shared their experiences with bule, then the idea to write a book crossed my mind,” she said.

It was not until 2011 she really started working on it, spending almost two years to do the research for the book.

She interviewed friends, prostitutes and random women in Jakarta and Bali.

“I went to night clubs and hotels to find out about how women made their deals with bule. I also found out that there were many women who married to bule to be able to leave Indonesia or to improve their lives in Indonesia,” she said.

However, she said, after they left many were often surprised to know the fact that their bule partners were not as wealthy as they were in Indonesia.

“Many women that I interviewed also like to hang out with bule because sometimes they are more open-minded than Indonesian guys when it comes to sex and safe sex,” Fani said.

She then went to Bali to focus on finishing the project. By the end of 2013, Fani had completed a book that was blunt and a bit vulgar.

It was not too hard for her to find a publisher. Rejected by one of the nation’s largest publishers, who thought the work too much, Fani offered it to Rene Book, which agreed to print it after some editing.

“The publisher says this 311-page book is different, as it brings out the silent phenomenon in the society as well as becoming the voice of certain groups,” she said.

She added that she already had a plan to make the sequel.

Fani has always been into writing.

She started blogging since high school and her blog received responses from readers in many countries. She studied journalism at Atma Jaya University in Yogyakarta.

She become a freelance writer for a newspaper in Indonesia, took an internship in a lifestyle magazine in Bali, worked for one-and-a-half years for a newspaper in Jakarta, and became a freelance contributor for an American media outlet.

Recalling her life from the past through present day, Fani said she was so proud of being an Indonesian despite the fact that she enjoyed hang out with Westerners.

“We have several values that are always instilled in us, like honoring older people by not calling them only by name and other polite gesture in Indonesian tradition,” Fani said.

Fani is also busy with her current job as an assistant editor and a contributor for a growing media outlet in Jakarta.

“I covered social issues, human rights and also terrorism. And the book’s writing style has been highly influenced by my investigative journalism experience,” Fani said.

Bule Hunter: Kisah Wanita Pemburu Bule (Rene Book, 312 pages, paperback) will be launched at the Reading Room in Kemang, Jakarta, on Wednesday. Visit bulehunter.com for more information.

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This article is published by The Jakarta Post on Sept 8, 2014

Elisabeth Oktofani: Exploring the world of ‘bule’ hunters

After dating many Caucasian guys, locally known as bule, since she was a teenager, 27-year-old writer Elisabeth Oktofani settled down when she married a Canadian three years ago.
“I had many relationships with bule and reached a point when I couldn’t care less if I dated a bule or not. But then I finally found a peace of mind with my husband, who turned out to be bule,” Fani said.

Her story dated to high school in Yogyakarta, when many of her girlfriends got invitations to connect on Friendster, the once-popular social media outlet, in the early 2000s.

Fani, however, stayed out of the fray. Initially.

“My hair was curly, I had a dark complexion and I had no boyfriend — I felt ugly. But then I got a friend request on Friendster from a bule who then asked to meet me in person,” Fani said. “So I thought if it was difficult to find local boyfriends, I would just try dating bule because they liked girls like me.”

After going out with a lot of Western men, she realized that many would appreciate her more if they could talk about many things with her.

“At first, I didn’t feel much appreciated — maybe because as a teenager, I had a lack of confidence and knowledge,” she said. “That’s why I easily ended up relationship with someone and find another one until I eventually realized that I also needed to be knowledgeable to hang out with them.”

She was often judged by the people around her about her relationships with the Westerners. They told her that she went out with them only because they were rich, and bule liked her because she was ugly.

“That annoyed me, because not all relationships between Indonesian girls and bule are like that. There are other things the society should know behind the relationship between Indonesian woman and bule,” Fani said.

She then decided to make a book which was based on her experience and her friends. The book, Bule Hunter: Kisah Wanita Pemburu Bule (Bule Hunter: Stories of Women who Pursue Westerners), aims to get rid of stigma attached to Indonesian women who date bule only for their money.

“We want to let people know that there are also relationships with bule that are based on love,” she said.

Fani said the idea to make the book popped up in 2007 when she first heard the phrase “bule hunter”.

“It was a funny word I thought. I started to find out more about this, listened to my friends who shared their experiences with bule, then the idea to write a book crossed my mind,” she said.

It was not until 2011 she really started working on it, spending almost two years to do the research for the book.

She interviewed friends, prostitutes and random women in Jakarta and Bali.

“I went to night clubs and hotels to find out about how women made their deals with bule. I also found out that there were many women who married to bule to be able to leave Indonesia or to improve their lives in Indonesia,” she said.

However, she said, after they left many were often surprised to know the fact that their bule partners were not as wealthy as they were in Indonesia.

“Many women that I interviewed also like to hang out with bule because sometimes they are more open-minded than Indonesian guys when it comes to sex and safe sex,” Fani said.

She then went to Bali to focus on finishing the project. By the end of 2013, Fani had completed a book that was blunt and a bit vulgar.

It was not too hard for her to find a publisher. Rejected by one of the nation’s largest publishers, who thought the work too much, Fani offered it to Rene Book, which agreed to print it after some editing.

“The publisher says this 311-page book is different, as it brings out the silent phenomenon in the society as well as becoming the voice of certain groups,” she said.

She added that she already had a plan to make the sequel.

Fani has always been into writing.

She started blogging since high school and her blog received responses from readers in many countries. She studied journalism at Atma Jaya University in Yogyakarta.

She become a freelance writer for a newspaper in Indonesia, took an internship in a lifestyle magazine in Bali, worked for one-and-a-half years for a newspaper in Jakarta, and became a freelance contributor for an American media outlet.

Recalling her life from the past through present day, Fani said she was so proud of being an Indonesian despite the fact that she enjoyed hang out with Westerners.

“We have several values that are always instilled in us, like honoring older people by not calling them only by name and other polite gesture in Indonesian tradition,” Fani said.

Fani is also busy with her current job as an assistant editor and a contributor for a growing media outlet in Jakarta.

“I covered social issues, human rights and also terrorism. And the book’s writing style has been highly influenced by my investigative journalism experience,” Fani said.

Bule Hunter: Kisah Wanita Pemburu Bule (Rene Book, 312 pages, paperback) will be launched at the Reading Room in Kemang, Jakarta, on Wednesday. Visit bulehunter.com for more information.

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This article is published by The Jakarta Post’s newspaper on Sept. 8, 2014

What You Need To Know About This Book

I try to explode myth and stereotype about Indonesian women and foreigners (Westerner) as individual as well as in relationship. Male dominated society tells women how to behave in hypocritical way, for example our society judges woman for selling sex.

All we have to do is driving around Jakarta, Bali, Yogya or any big cities and see places where the men, who dominate our society, by sex.

Our society (Indonesian) glorifies foreigner (Westerner) in a hypocritical way, on the other hand, we say foreigners sophisticated , educated and ethical, we usually assume that they are rich as well but the reality is some of them are none of this things.

So in a effort human being and human relationship are, this book is a small snapshot into the life of several Indonesian women unfairly described as bule hunter.