月: 2020年7月

テキストマイニング分析から見るトランス排除社会運動の台頭―「トランス女性」という単語を含むTwitter記事を題材に―

By Takanori Tamura, Voice Up Japan advisor.  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 transphobic movement, which became prominent on Twitter in December 2018, is a discrimination that afflicts many people(尾崎, 2019) (ゆな, 2020), and the discrimination is an enemy to this entire society. Various arguments have already been published on this matter, such as (Hori, 2020; アジア女性資料センター, 2019; 三橋, 2019; 藤高, 2019) , from the perspective of gender theory. Leaving …

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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 of girls wearing pastel-colored shirts decorated by ribbons and acting cute, innocent, obedient. The tendency of adopting a kawaii behaviour has its roots in the social relations between men and women in Japanese society. “Since men’s position in society is getting weaker, guys might want to feel stronger by going for women who just accept …

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Women and the Witch

By Johann Fleuri INTERVIEW – Mona Chollet is one of the major feminist figures in France. Journalist for Le Monde Diplomatique, she published two key essays on the representation of the woman’s body (Beauté fatale, 2015) and on the figure of witches (“Witches : The unbeaten power of women”, 2018) that can be linked to the image of independent women in our modern societies. Why did you choose to work on the figure of the witch? What does she represent to you, personally ? At first, I knew I wanted to write on two topics : Women who won’t have children by choice (which is my case) and the social …

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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 America). Indeed, the slogan was chosen to share solidarity with all the women who experienced violence around the world. In English, it can be translated as “Not One Less”, because no more women have to be subdued, abused, murdered by a male-dominated society.  The movement was born in Rome, where different groups of feminists where …

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New Women and a Century of Japanese Feminism

By Kohei Usuda Though it may come as a surprise to many, the history of Japan’s feminist awakening – nowadays rarely discussed outside the confines of academia – traces as far back as the waning days of the Meiji Period (1868-1912). According to historian Marius Jansen’s authoritative The Making of Modern Japan, the origin of the country’s first-wave feminism dates back to 1911 – several years before either Britain or the United States signed women’s enfranchisement into law. Jansen attributes its birth to a young trailblazing iconoclast by the name of Raicho Hiratsuka (1886-1971), who proclaimed herself as a “New Woman” in her infamous manifesto, “In the Beginning, Woman Was …

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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 and living in Japan. “I am relatively open about how I have sex with people who I am not in a relationship with, or how I enjoy having sex, and interestingly people enjoy that… By making a joke out of it.” She recalls a moment when she was slut-shamed. “At my previous work, my colleague, …

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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 Voice Up Japan to submit a petition to the minister of justice Masako Mori demanding legal reform for the law regarding sexual violence, along with advocacy organisations Spring, Human Rights Now, and many others. The petition asked for a revision of the penal code to make sex without consent a crime (English version here). The petition started in …

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SPA meeting

Meeting with SPA! Magazine

On January 9th, the team from Voice Up Japan had a face-to-face meeting with the writers of Shu-Kan Spa, the Japanese tabloid magazine that created the ranking of “easy access” girls, to talk about why this article was problematic and how they can actually actively fight against such sexualization and objectification of women. The meeting was extremely successful and our members left feeling hopeful about the future of gender equality in Japan. For more details, please read our petition update here.