Julia Suryakusuma (The Jakarta Post) PREMIUM Jakarta ● Wed, March 29, 2023 Last week I had to have a new passport made as my old one had expired in 2020. Given the pandemic travel restrictions, I had no need to renew it, but this year, my son invited me to spend Idul Fitri in Singapore where he lives with his wife and son, so obviously, I need a passport. I am a member of my neighborhood Rukun Warga (RW) WhatsApp Group, so I decided to ask what the requirements and process of getting a passport are as it has been a while since I last did so. One of them, a man, replied and addressed me as " Pak " (Mr.). I thanked him and said, by the way, I am a woman. He replied by saying again "Welcome Pak ". I told him again, I am a woman, I clearly wrote my name in the WhatsApp text: "Julia". Apparently, he had only read jsuryakusuma (my name in the WhatsApp Group), and assumed I was a man, and would not change his mind until I told him three times. Sigh! Simone de Beauvoir wrote her groundbreaking, controversial and best-known… Read full this story
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