Feminism | Posted by Chloe H on 04/7/2014

Girls: Do We Run The World?

I love Beyonce’s song Girls Run The World, it has an awesome chorus, a pumping beat, and a great message about the power of women. But unfortunately I think James Brown more accurately depicts our society today: it’s a man’s world. The majority of leadership positions across the board are held by men. This is painfully obvious when I read one of my favorite news sources: The Economist. The Economist is filled with stories about the most powerful and influential people in business in politics. But the vast majority of the people I read about are men. In the most recent issue of The Economist, there was an article about how Japanese women are the extreme minority in high powered political and business positions. The statistics

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Feminism | Posted by Chloe H on 05/22/2013

Forced Prostitution During World War II

I recently read an article posted on Yahoo News about prostitution during World War II in Japan.  Prostitution is a difficult and controversial subject for feminists, but what most can agree on is that forced prostitution is a horror equivalent to slavery that needs to be stopped.  However, the mayor of Osaka, Japan, Toru Hashimoto disagrees.  When reflecting on the horrors of World War II, Hashimoto publicly claimed that the Japanese military’s forced prostitution of Asian women was crucial in order for the army to “maintain discipline” and provide a release for soldiers risking their lives in battle.

During World War II, Hashimoto’s opinion on forced prostitution was probably shared by the majority of military officials and soldiers who were serving, but that obviously doesn’t make it right, and …

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