What’s Current: Japanese women protest Valentine’s Day tradition, buy chocolates for themselves

What’s Current is Feminist Current’s daily news roundup.

  • Japanese women are protesting a decades-old Valentine’s Day tradition that obliges them to give chocolate to men. CNN reports.
“On February 14, the nation’s female workers are expected to give ‘giri choco,’ or obligation chocolates, to their male colleagues. Women are also expected to buy heartfelt chocolates, “honmei choco,” for their crushes or loved one. But this year, women are calling time on the financially draining practice … A recent survey by a Tokyo department store found about 60% of women will instead buy chocolates for themselves on Valentine’s Day.”
  • Canada’s supreme court has found a teacher guilty of voyeurism for secretly taking pictures of his teenage students’ cleavage.
  • A New York Times investigation reveals singer-songwriter Ryan Adams “dangled” career opportunities in front of multiple women in exchange for sex and harassed them if they refused.
  • Supermarket giant Morrisons is facing legal action from female workers who claim they are not paid the same as male employees doing similar jobs.
  • Canberra police have expressed concern for trafficked women after a series of raids on illegal brothels revealed organized crime that exploits vulnerable women.
Meghan McCarty
Meghan McCarty

Meghan McCarty is an undergraduate student and aspiring journalist living in the United States.

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