After learning of the recent decision by some retailers to censor the “sexual” covers of Cosmopolitan by placing them behind “pocket shields,” Lovato took to her Instagram with a body positive message. It was an important reminder of the double standard women face — especially when you look at the men’s magazines.
Your hands are rock around his,
but your eyes are loose, always seeking.
This is the tragedy of a woman’s tongue:
swollen from the silence marked by our teeth.
We try to open ourselves up softly,
convincing the world that our insides are pastel and gentle,
that our thighs are glamour trails, glittering with welcome
that blood and gore are not a part of our hearts.
We come to the party, peachy and light,
not saying much, laughing subtly,
barely showing teeth.
We wake up and leave parts of ourselves behind:
clean our sheets and tuck our voices beneath the bed
to gather dust in darkness,
because a woman with an opinion is nothing
but an emotional bitch having a bad week.
By the end of it, your whole body is heavy with censorship
because you try to come off as a soft-hued and gentle girl
because he will only love you when you are agreeing.
Because everyone is afraid of the wolf.
Your nights are spent wishing you could spread fire
every time you were told to soothe with beauty and silence,
every time you were used as a curse.
It takes years to learn that you are not here for him,
or for the approval of a world that tries to shrink you.
Years to be okay with opening yourself up raw,
like the beast that you are,
unapologetic and seething.
Years to learn boldness:
to be wild with everything
that needs to be said.
Alessia Di Cesare, The Tragedy of a Woman’s Tongue
Libby spent several hours drawing a female body for her art project which was meant to illustrate a social issue, hers being about the inability of women to control their own bodies; This particularly referencing the Right extremists that combat Planned Parenthood and insist that the sight of a woman’s breast warrants an “R” rating while a man’s nipple is socially acceptable.
Being in North Carolina, the Bible Belt, she faced horrific reactions from her classmates… WHO DREW BLOODIED, ABORTED FETUSES AS AN ATTACK ON THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY.
The fact that the female anatomy is considered repugnant, inferior, and a thing of shame whereas a bloody fetus is considered a justifiable artistic expression makes me sad. My best friend’s art is a thing of beauty, regardless of her intended message.
End censorship. Defeat the double standard. Do not let this message die.
Undeliverable: Korean government censoring Japan-based hooker sites
To get an overview of Japan’s multitude of available illicit options there’s no better means than the Internet.
Prospective punters can peruse sites dedicated to Japanese call-girls, new-half pubs, bars featuring Caucasian women and many other genres.
But if you are in South Korea, there can be complications.
“There are Korean women working in Japan at many ‘delivery health‘ services, each of which has a Web site,” journalist Shuhei Fujiwara tells Shukan Post (July 4) in speaking about a sex service in which the girls are dispatched to waiting customers. “But the sites are not accessible from Korea.”
Should a user attempt to access such content a warning message appears from the Korea Communications Standards Commission (KCSC), which is South Korea’s Internet censorship body.
The magazine prints a screen shot showing the warning message alongside an image of the uninterrupted site, which features a number of links to profiles of available women.
The commission, which has a policy of promoting “sound Internet culture, and to create a safe online environment,” includes a total of nine scholars, broadcast-related employees and lawyers.
It may be true that fuzoku businesses in Japan are by their nature entirely about debauchery, but Shukan Post finds it appalling that access to sites is determined by the nationality of the women working.
“I had no idea,” says a representative of an escort service in Tokyo.
When reached for comment by Shukan Post, the KCSC said it did not have time to prepare an answer.
Kentaro Nishimura, an editor at a Tokyo-based IT newspaper, supposes that the commission is censoring sites with a key word filter. “In terms of technique, it is easy to do,” says the editor.
Shukan Post likens the policy to something that might emerge in Communist countries like North Korea or China. But, says Nishimura, Korea is known for strict policies with regards to the Internet.
“Reporters Without Borders lists Korea as a country under surveillance,” says the editor, referring to a report from 2012.
The magazine says that Korea is widely known around the world as a country that exports its women for work in the night trade, estimating that there are 100,000 Korean prostitutes in Japan at present.
Fujiwara says that it is a matter of out of sight, out of mind.
“In restricting the viewing of sites featuring Korean prostitutes in Japan, Korea is hiding the fact that it exports its women for prostitution from citizens,” says the editor. “They are making it seem as if it doesn’t exist.” (A.T.)