Break Taboo: Women Open About Slut Shaming in Japan
Copyright by Josh Reynolds

Celebrating women’s sexuality has been a struggle for decades, and women will be embarrassed: this is called slut-shaming. It can have harmful consequences. This time, I talked to a Japanese woman to break this taboo.

In Japan, “I have always experienced slut-shaming,” confesses Aisha, a Japanese Indonesian citizen who works and lives in Japan. “I’m relatively open about how I have sex with unrelated people, or how I enjoy sex, and interestingly people enjoy it by joking. She remembers the moment she was ashamed of the slut. “In the previous work, a middle-aged male colleague said at a drinking party that he had the face of someone who was good at blowjob from nowhere. They think it’s okay to embarrass someone in public. When I think it’s Slut Shaming, I wasn’t shocked either, and it was a shock about how I’m used to this kind of situation. “

Ideal rude female model

Aisha also believes that women feel embarrassed about other women. “I see women chewing on other women, whether they are open about sex or not, especially when they appear to be” seeking attention. ” I also find myself doing this from time to time. Of course, it was embarrassing and worrisome, “she admitted. “Also, other people, including women, were laughing at it, but in such situations, as most women do, I don’t care to protect myself. Pretend. ”However, in these situations, not showing vulnerabilities may not be the best idea. “I think protection can also close the opportunity for women to express that they dislike it and make them think it’s okay to say that.” Victims are not responsible for counterattacking:

In societies where women violate the ideal rude female model and act with acceptance of sexuality, they are most likely to be called “sluts.” There is a perception that male sexuality cannot be controlled when accompanied by females, so the female body requires some degree of sexual regulation. Besides the dress code, I noticed that women who demanded contraception, had casual sex before marriage, and were prostitutes were slat-shamed.

Victim blaming

Slut-shaming women are more likely to be unable to receive assistance from police and other authorities in cases such as rape and sexual harassment. Victim accusations have been normalized due to slut-shaming, which causes victims to not receive the assistance they need. It happens when the accusator denies the fact that the victim did not show any form of consent, but their immoral dress code or behavior justifies the assault. This kind of normalization nourishes the rape culture, which creates a dangerous environment for both women and men. For example, in the context of Slut-shaming, when a female victim goes to the police, one of the first questions she receives is “what did you wear?”, “Why did you go home, so late?” “Did you commit an action that could seduce the accuser?”, This has nothing to do with the consequences of the accused crime. Many believe that men play a major role in contributing to slut-shaming, but women play an essential role in internalizing this repression. These women consider themselves second only to men and must strive to move away from this stigma.

Slut-shaming

Slut-shaming depends on its culture. To understand Japanese Slut Shaming, we interviewed some people who are familiar with Japanese customs. “I’ve never heard of the word slut-shaming!” Said Megumi, who was born and raised in Japan and is currently studying English in Australia. “Of course! If a girl has a lot of sex partners, people will surely start seeing her like she’s crazy.” Before she went to Australia, “Oh, she’s such a girl. He also confessed that he judged the woman by appearance.

Megumi impressed a Japanese friend made in Australia. “She had bigger breasts than the average girl. I think she had to hide her breasts, and she was probably worried when she was a Japanese student. Man Probably ridiculed her and the girl probably thought she was a bitch. “Megumi said our approach to these features should be different. “It’s a special feature for her, and if you really think about it, we should be jealous of it! Shouldn’t we really feel more confident!”

Do women have to take responsibility?

“Slut-shaming also occurs frequently in Japan, but at least the Turkish people feel the pressure and protest it. The younger generation of Turkey is aware of this problem, but in Japan they really care. I don’t feel like acting against it, “said Lara, a Turkish citizen of Japan who really knows both societies.

When it comes to sexual assault, Japanese women have to take responsibility, and I feel that Slut-shaming has become one of the justifying agents. After hearing about the victims of sexual assault at Flower Demo, there are some links to Slut Shaming. Some victims claimed that police would not help them. Some police told other women: “What should he do if you intend to dress like that?” Or “You were too attractive to him.” Some victims were embarrassed by their parents because they were sexually harassed as if it was a woman’s fault. This remedy is ashamed to normalize sexual violence and causes greater problems for women, including the inability to find justice and living with the painful memories of sexual assault.

Japanese slutwalk


SlutWalk is a feminist political act, when some believe that women should not be sacrificed for slut-shaming. SlutWalk aims to emphasize that reflecting the characteristics of a “slut” is not shameful, but praised. This walk aims to suspect male aggression and normalize female sexual behavior and dress code. Japan will hold its first SlutWalk in Osaka on November 3rd! You can follow us on Twitter: @slutwalkjp

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