I’m an English teacher in Japan. While I’m usually wasting my time repeating the word “red” and “cat” to four-year-olds, once a week I have a conversation class in which I try to open the minds of several very bright, but very sheltered young adults.
Last week, I asked the students to bring in an article from the news to discuss. Let’s just say I was less than thrilled when every single student brought in the exact same story.
The biggest news in Japan is about a girl from a popular singing group seeing a boy, being shamed for it, and buzzing all her hair off. Said boy has no comment. I wanted to talk about the Algeria hostage crisis. Nope. AKB48 ruled the day. I may actually hit my head off a wall if this continues. At least I got to teach the vocabulary: misogynist, delusion, and absurd.
While it’s frustrating that THIS is the “scandal of the year” and this country is lacking depth worse than a desert lacking rain, the smell of sexist bullshit is rank. I’m seriously getting noxious fumes.
Go ahead. Read the article.