“She maintained that the lives of disabled women should be as much a feminist concern as those of able-bodied ones. Disabled women, she argued, had long been doubly marginalized: first because of their sex, and again because they failed to conform to a collective physical ideal — an ideal to which at least some able-bodied feminists subscribed.”
Adrienne Asch, Bioethicist and Pioneer in Disability Studies, Dies at 67
Honoring the life and mourning the death of feminist disability advocate Professor Adrienne Asch.
Betty Adewole, Eden Clark and Akuol de Mabior. Paul Smith Fall 2011.
“Comfort women was the name given to those who became sex slaves to the Japanese military between 1932 and 1945. The Japanese set up brothels to serve the soldiers. It is estimated that between eighty thousand to two hundred thousand women were forced into sexual slavery. The vast majority (approximately 80 percent) were Korean, but the ethnicities varied. Some women were Japanese, some Taiwanese, Filipino, Indonesian, or from other Pacific Islands (Soh, 1997; Yoshimi, 2000). Some Dutch women living in the Dutch East Indies (Indonesia) were also forced to become “comfort women.” It is estimated that 80 percent of the women were between fourteen and eighteen years of age when they were forced into sexual slavery (Hicks, 1994). “Comfort women” were intended to improve the morale of the Japanese troops and promote military discipline. The justification for the brothels was that by providing free sexual release, the soldiers would then not sexually abuse women in occupied territories. During the Nanjing Massacre of 1937 it was estimated that twenty thousand women were raped. In a ludicrous attempt to avoid similar publicity, the Japanese also believed that by “providing” sexual activity, they could control the transmission of sexual diseases by regulating the brothels (Hicks, 1994; Yoshimi, 2000). The more bizarre argument from sanctioning and organizing sexual slavery of women was that the organization of comfort stations would prevent rape in public by the soldiers. The Japanese soldiers who abused the enslaved women did not use the term “comfort women.” Instead the women were called “pii” (pronounced “pea”). The word is from the Chinese meaning goods or articles. In slang terms, it refers to the vagina and is considered disparaging (Yoshimi, 2000). Many of the women and girls taken to comfort stations were deceived and lured into service by promises of money, easy work, and education. Comfort stations were organized to efficiently “serve” the troops as well as the officers, ignoring the inhumane conditions and torture endured…Women who worked in the stations reserved for officers were sexually assaulted frequently than those in stations used by enlisted men. In most cases, Korean women were sent to be raped by the enlisted, while Japanese women were used by the officers (Pyong Gap, 2003). Korean women reportedly averaged twenty to thirty men a day, with one report citing as many as sixty men in one day (Yoshimi, 2000). If a woman refused the sexual overtures, she was beaten savagely. Additional forms of violence were not uncommon in the comfort stations. Soldiers, fueled by alcohol, often went on violent rampages, beating the women, brutalizing them during rapes and destroying the little property the women had with them.”
Parrot, Andrea & Cummings, Nina. Forsaken Females: The Gobal Brutalization of Women. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc. 2006, (p. 8 - 9)
So the justifications were:
-if the men had open access to legal prostitution they wouldn’t rape
-if the men had open access to legal prostitution, STI rates would go down
-if the men had open access to legal prostitution, they’d be happier/have better morale
Isn’t that exactly the rhetoric used now to make a case for legalized prostitution ala Dutch model?
Yep, it’s exactly the same rhetoric used by far too many liberal feminists, choice feminists, and “male feminists”.
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I would rather have my taxes go to every single ‘welfare queen’ in the united states twice over than to drone programs and corporate subsidies.
I Lied When I Said I Liked Your Zine
Charles Bronson - I Lied When I Said I Liked Your Zine
To me, an uneventful life that revolves all around her and everybody else is just a fuckin’ competition for you to impress.
all i’ve done in 2013 was become more gay
I will never trust any ‘ally’ who talks about how we “need” them
That’s shit we hear from our abusers, thanks
That’s called manipulation, power play, emotional blackmail
this is so brilliant and succinct - i never thought about the why of why that was so shitty before. wow.
someone pass this along to tumblr user lgbt-supporters
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