Friday, February 16, 2007

Yanagisawa's Gaffe Explained

Yanagisawa Hakuo, Japanese Prime Minister Abe's Minister of Health, Labor and Welfare, has been plastered in the news for calling women birthgiving machines.

There are many people on both sides of the "let's have his head" issue. Opposition parties within the government are naturally enjoying the size and length of this fiasco due in part to the fast approaching election.

The sensationalism of this whole thing is making it a bit tough for the average person to understand what is really going on. For a thorough and balanced treatment of the ramifications of Minister Yanagisawa's gaffe please check this article here written by DeOrio over at TPR.

For evidence of a pattern of sexist thinking (with quotes) within the upper echelons of Japanese politics click here or here.

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