The fourth instalment of MC’s Insights Luncheons took place in May 2014 with the topic, “The Woman’s Right to Their Bodies and Sexuality”. The luncheon was hosted by the effervescent Daphne Iking, moderated by MC EIC Mindy Teh and held at Strato, Troika Skydining. Sponsors Sulwhasoo treated the guests to luxurious hand massages before the luncheon kicked off. Here we share some highlights from the luncheon discussions…
In her introduction to the topic at hand, host Daphne Iking opened by sharing a story she had experienced while talking about her relationship with her daughter Isobel. As a mother of two daughters, Iking revealed that the way in which she bonds with her daughters is to talk openly about their anatomy and for them to understand their bodies from a young age. Daphne also revealed that her open discussion was almost always greeted with shock and disapproval from others but that does not deter her. “Sex education is so vital and we need to educate our kids and to be very open about it. People still think that if you’re educating the young about sex that you’re encouraging a young woman to experiment with sex but this is not the case at all.”
The refreshingly frank Daphne went on to encourage others to talk to their children or younger family relatives about sex as “knowing the choices out there determines how a woman comes to respect her own body.”
During the discussions, those in the entertainment industry shared their thoughts on being role models who are confident in their own skin and with their sexuality. Stand up comedienne and stage actress Shamaine Othman was of the opinion that role models can come in all shapes and sizes and that women should hold their heads up high no matter what they look like and embrace their sexuality. “I grew up thinking I needed to look a certain way as my dad was a film director. I used to be 20kg heavier than I am now but even when I was big, I would tell myself to walk out there like I was Heidi Klum. Be proud of your sexuality. Women should start owning their bodies. It is your choice.”
Lina Teoh a mother of one shared that it is also vital to educate men as to how to treat a woman.
“It is also important about teaching your sons about respecting women. It is important to educate your sons the right way. If they are not educated early, they will continue disrespecting women. We should involve men in the scenario so that they can educate boys in the next generation.”
To read more on what the ladies had to say about the women’s right to their bodies and to catch up on the debate, get the July ’14 copy of Marie Claire Malaysia…