IN a nation where it’s apparent men wear the trousers still, it’s refreshing to see women taking a stand against misogyny with one of the only things they can. Sex.
Japanese women in Tokyo have been on strike from sex this week, in the hope that it would dissuade men from voting for the election of Yoichi Masuzoe as the new governor. Alas, the boycott proved a failure as the 65-year-old won votes in a landslide election. But why would these women be doing such a thing, you ask?
According to Masuzoe, menstruation leaves women unable to govern. From an interview in the late 80s, the resonating and unforgettable comment he actually made said, wait for it…
“Women are not normal when they are having a period … You can’t possibly let them make critical decisions about the country [during their period] such as whether or not to go to war.”
OK, so girls, we might get a bit cranky and/or emotional around that time, but REALLY?! What drivel. Like your period will make you choose to go to war. Please, the only thing defending Masuzoe’s ignorance is precisely that- an old ignorant man.
Whether his opinions have changed since then, I do not know. But the 3000+ women who signed the petition to go sex-free to stop voters obviously don’t think so. The Twitter campaign, named “the association of women who will not have sex with men who vote for Masuzoe” gained followers quickly, and their profile states
“We have stood up to prevent Mr Masuzoe, who makes such insulting remarks against women [from being elected] … We won’t have sex with men who will vote for Mr Masuzoe.”
I don’t know about you, but I think it’s sad to see a nation still so, well, non-Western in their approach to gender equality.
And besides, if Masuzoe is so worried about menstruating women, he should have perhaps played it a little cooler. They know you’re scared. They’ll be after you, mate.