What’s Current: Japan finally apologizes to ‘comfort women’

South Koreans who lost family members during the second world war demand full compensation and an apology from Japan in Seoul. (Photo: Ahn Young-joon/AP)
South Koreans who lost family members during the second world war demand full compensation and an apology from Japan in Seoul. (Photo: Ahn Young-joon/AP)

Japan’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe, offers his “most sincere apologies” to Korean “comfort women.” The Japanese government also concedes that its military authorities played a role in the sexual enslavement of the women.

A newly updated anti-discrimination law in New York City means property owners can be fined $250,000 for “misgendering” employees or tenants.

French pimp, Fernande Grudet, also known as “Madame Claude,” dies, is commemorated and glorified by liberal media. While The Daily Beast reports that, in her efforts to “make vice pretty, [she] added a heady dose of glamour and intrigue to the world’s oldest profession,” the truth was that she was a tyrant. The New York Times reports:

“She was like a slave driver in the American South,” said [Françoise Fabian, who played the title role in Madame Claude]. “Once she took a girl on, the makeover put the girl in debt, because Claude paid all the bills to Dior, Vuitton, to the hairdressers, to the doctors, and the girls had to work to pay them off. It was sexual indentured servitude.”

Rebecca Solnit angers internet men by daring to identify with the character of Lolita, rather than the male protagonist in Nabokov’s famous book:

“The omnipresence of men raping female children as a literary subject, from Tess of the d’Urbervilles to Less Than Zero, along with real-life accounts like that of Jaycee Dugard (kidnapped at 11 in 1991 and used as a sex slave for 18 years by a Bay Area man), can have the cumulative effect of reminding women that we spend a lot of our lives quietly, strategically trying not to get raped, which takes a huge toll on our lives and affects our sense of self. Sometimes art reminds us of life.”

Harrow council in north-west London funds program that will put victims of domestic violence are into counselling sessions with their abusers.

Meghan Murphy
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Meghan Murphy is a freelance writer and journalist. She has been podcasting and writing about feminism since 2010 and has published work in numerous national and international publications, including The Spectator, UnHerd, the CBC, New Statesman, Vice, Al Jazeera, The Globe and Mail, and more. Meghan completed a Masters degree in the department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at Simon Fraser University in 2012 and lives in Vancouver, B.C. with her dog.

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