Month: July 2020

The Rise of the Trans-Exclusionary Social Movement as Seen From Text Mining Analysis

By Takanori Tamura Ph.D., Voice Up Japan, Researcher  Introduction The purpose of this essay is to show the rise of the trans exclusionary social movement on Twitter in Japan in December 2018 by quantitatively analyzing Twitter posts about “trans woman” and to counter the historical revisionism that argues as if it did not exist. The …

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How Female Japanese Rappers are Discussing Feminism

By Martina Voice Up Japan already touched on the issues that the Body Positive movement has to face. But other beauty standards affect women’s appearance or behaviour. The most obvious is the obsession for kawaii. A trend born in the 70s among Japanese students who preferred a more naive calligraphy has shifted into an aesthetic …

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Non Una Di Meno: Italian Feminist Movement Against Gender Based Violence

By Martina November 25th is known as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. On that day in 2016, a large number of activists occupied the street of Rome for a demo called #NonUnaDiMeno (Italian translation of #NiUnaMenos, name of the Feminist Collective born in Argentina and soon spread all over South …

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Breaking a Taboo: Women Open Up About Slut Shaming in Japan

Celebrating female sexuality has been a struggle for decades and women would be shamed if they do : this is called slut-shaming. It can have detrimental results. This time we talked with women in Japan to break this taboo. In Japan, “I am experiencing slut-shaming all the time” confess Aisha, a Japanese Indonesian national working …

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Voice Up Japan Demands Legal Reform for the Law Regarding Sexual Violence

By Rhea Endo Tuesday, March 17th, was a big day for Voice Up Japan. Along with Spring, Human Rights now and a few other organisations, we presented 94,231 signatures to the minister of justice, Masako Mori, to officially demand a legal reform of the law regarding sexual violence. On March 17th Mio Kodama and myself represented …

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