Japanese women warn of 'sex strike' if men elect the wrong man as Tokyo's governor
The situation is dire and stacked against Japanese women who have long suffered lower status in a male-dominated traditional society. Women voters in Japan have now issued their warning as a last-resort battle call. They will boycott sex for any man who votes for Masuzoe, the frontrunner in Tokyo's gubernatorial election on Feb. 9.
Yoichi Masuzoe, 65, supported by the ruling conservative Liberal Democratic Party, has made many controversial remarks against women and older people, including the gem that claimed menstruation makes women irrational and unfit for government.
During an interview with a men's magazine in 1989, he said, "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."
A Twitter campaign, called NoMasuzoe, was started by a group calling themselves The Association of Women Who Will Not Have Sex With Men Who Vote for Masuzoe. It has gained almost 3,000 followers since its launch last week. The anonymous founders of the Twitter campaign wrote, "We stood up to prevent Mr. Masuzoe, who makes such insulting remarks against women... We won't have sex with men who will vote for Mr. Masuzoe."
A petition website, just launched a week ago by another group of women against Masuzoe's election, has attracted 75,000 hits a day and 2,800 people have signed its petition. One comment posted to the website said, "Masuzoe is an enemy of women ... He doesn't love Japan. He loves only himself."
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Women are not the only ones against Masuzoe. A poster on the Twitter campaign said, "I'm an old man. But I cannot tolerate him from a man's point of view."
Even if Masuzoe does not win the election, the next Tokyo governor will still be a man, as all 16 candidates are male with many of them aged 60 or older. There are very few women in senior political positions. The current Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, has only 2 women in his 19-member cabinet. Corporations in Japan are also overwhelming run by male executives in senior positions, and high social pressure forces many women to leave professional careers when they have children in order to stay home as homemakers.