Everyday Sexismエブリデイ・セクシズム-日々の中で埋もれがちなセクハラ問題-

%e5%86%99%e7%9c%9f-2016-10-11-18-24-14It is a quite difficult issue…me saying like this sounds like as if it is totally someone else’s story. But, it is not. Being born as a woman, anyone would have had the experience of being sexually harassed or teased or verbally insulted.


Laura Bates, a British woman who is the author of two books “Everyday Sexism” and “Girl’s UP”, has also experienced several annoying moments which drove her to start the “Everyday Sexism Project.” This is an online platform where anyone, male or female, can write about their terrible experience related to the sexism to let the world know that the sexism exists in their society. Even though each story might look so small that it could be easily ignored, when being put in MASS, it will show its existence. That is an archive of what everyone faces in their life, and the baseline to start the discussion, or just shout it out to make you feel better for a bit.


She argues that some kind of words and acts in sexist way will not be discussed until the tragedy happens. The society should understand that each issue is connected and we better not separate problems as “these are girl’s/ boy’s issue.” The discussion must be done among as all. “It is people’s standing against prejudice.”


She lists the possible causes of sexism such as objectification of women, online porn seen by younger teenagers, no proper lessons from school about gender, sex, LGBT and so forth. In other words, the media’s (here the media does not necessarily mean MASS MEDIA but any kinds of verbal and visual information that surrounds people in the society) rather distorted representation of gender and the lack of opportunity to fix (or balance) it justifies the bullying. The accusation toward victims not to take seriously because it is “joke” and the enforcement toward victims to accept it as the joke leads to one’s giving up in this battle and ends up in the isolation of the victim because no one takes it seriously…


The hall in LSE used for her lecture, which accommodates around 400 people, was totally packed with audiences, and 85 to 90% were women. What it reflects is that the gender problems are still mostly considered the problem women faces and women should deal with, instead of both men and women.


U.S. President Obama and London Mayor Khan are the iconic political leaders who clarified their stance toward encouraging women to be involved in the society and pursue the same right as men. Their passionate voices are strong and convincing because they both have daughters. Because it is the voice of fathers simply hoping good future for their children, it gets genuine. Yes it could be just a part of their political performance as it has great effect to gain support from audiences, GOOD amount of audiences. If there is a politician or an economic leader with similar popularity and similar belief, with thoughtful policy and passion, the situation will get much better in Japan as well.