Universitas Indonesia Conferences, 7th International Symposium of Journal Antropologi Indonesia

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Somadril, “Mainannya Perempuan”
Fajriani Amin

Building: Soegondo Building
Room: 523
Date: 2019-07-26 08:00 AM – 09:30 AM
Last modified: 2019-06-21


While the state is aggressively fighting against narkoba, and although other kinds of medicines are also consumed by youth and become addictive. Prescription drugs are increasingly consumed by youth for various purposes, particularly for high. One of the most popular prescription drugs consumed by teenagers is Somadril. This article explores how Somadril consumption differs by gender and how the consumption of drugs is related to femininity and masculinity.

This study indicates that although Somadril is consumed by male and female youth, its use is more identical to women than men. For women, Somadril is significantly important in their daily lives, so they always try to get it to make them happy, to get along comfortably, and to easily express their feelings, especially if theyhave problems. While for men Somadril was consumed solely because  they are offered by their female friends and the presence/absence of Somadril does not affect their daily lives. This shows that Somadril is a social medicine for both men and women. Among fellow men, their main drug is narcotics. From a male perspective, Somadril is "women’stoy" and enhancing women's sexual desire, while narkoba is "mens’ toy" since taking narkoba is not only for high, but also indicating their masculinity. For women, even though they consume Somadril, they still maintain their femininity, which is expressed by not consuming extreme drugs such as narkobasimply because they are considered too naughty and excessive. Somadril has a sleepy effect for both men and women. However, for women sleepiness is not a significant problem and can be tolerated, while for men the effects of sleepiness are very disturbing and make them unproductive, especially for men who often work late at night.