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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