月: 2020年5月

Is Queer Eye really helping spreading positivity in Japan?

By Martina Cavallaro Queer Eye is an American reality show in which five gay experts on food and wine (Ted Allen), hair, makeup and personal grooming (Kyan Douglas), interior design (Thom Filicia), fashion (Carson Kressley), pop culture and social interaction (Jai Rodriguez) – formerly known as The Fab Five – help people who need to redefine their lives. The first season went on air in 2003 and it was called Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, but the title was shortened to include more diverse characters. The show is a cult in America and more than ten years after its beginning, The Fab Five land in Japan for their first …

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Women’s Football – the New Battleground for Gender Equality

By Kohei Usuda In recent months, football has become an intense battleground for gender equality. In Japan, examples are numerous, too. But female players, such as Ami Otaki, don’t hesitate anymore to raise their voice. Earlier this month, Australia’s women’s national team clinched what the BBC heralded as a “historic deal.” Football Federation Australia agreed to a commercial revenue sharing arrangement between men’s and women’s teams, effectively guaranteeing equal pay across the board.  Despite positive stories like these, deep-seated institutionalized sexism pervades over the world’s most popular sport. At this summer’s Women’s World Cup in France, for example, players of chronically underfunded sides like Argentina characterized their participation in the …

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Nomadher, an Application for Female Solo Travelers

By Johann Fleuri INTERVIEW/After traveling in 41 countries by herself, Hyojeong Kim had the idea to create an application to help women who want to hit the road alone. For her, female solo traveling is a great way to “feel more confident and independent”. Hi Hyojeong, can you introduce your project “Nomadher”? NomadHer is the application for female globetrotters, to encourage solo traveling safely. For the past year, NomadHer has organized over 15 different workshops to meet over 1,000 female travelers to understand their problems and needs. The idea started at the start of 2018. We are currently a team of three: Hyojeong (CEO, South Korea), Marie (Creative Director, France), …

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Human trafficking in Japan: Actions Against the Commercialization of Sex

In Japan, several organizations fight against the commercialization of sex, human trafficking but also try to prevent young girls from adult video scouting and joshi kosei practices. “I think we are making our sex disposable, like a fast food. You crave for it and you buy it. It’s instant gratification” says Shihoko Fujiwara shares in one of her TEDxTokyo talks, straightforwardly. During her speech, the founder of NGO Lighthouse, shared the story of a thirteen-year-old girl who was forced into sex industry for two months. Her clients would be college students or even men the same age as her grandfather. She was probably scouted through a website commonly used by …

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