- A men’s weekly magazine in Japan called Spa! published an article ranking five universities based on which school’s female students were supposedly “easily available” for sex at “drinking parties.”
- The article said the parties are popular among female students and claimed that a woman’s appearance or clothing may indicate her sexual availability.
- The article faced severe backlash, with a Change.org petition garnering more than 37,000 signatures demanding an apology from the magazine.
- Spa! issued an apology for the article, saying it used “sensational language.”
A Japanese tabloid magazine was forced to apologize after publishing a ranking of universities based on how “easily available” women supposedly are for sex after “drinking parties” at the schools.
The weekly men’s magazine, Spa!, published the list on December 25, and featured five universities.
These so-called drinking parties, known as “gyaranomi,” are events where male participants pay women to attend, according to Newsweek.
The Spa! article said the parties are popular among female students, featured an interview with an app developer creating a program intended to help people find other attendees, and claimed that a woman’s appearance or clothing may indicate her sexual availability, BBC reported. It also reportedly described ways to “coax” women.
The article faced severe backlash, with a Change.org petition with more than 37,000 signatures demanding an apology from the magazine.
— もうれつ先生 (@discusao) January 7, 2019
many signing petition against weekly published "SPA!" because of a sexist article posted about a "ranking of schools with the easiest girls" and also posts what to drink to get them to sleep with you. is this not basically advocating assault/rape..? #japan #metoo #feminism https://t.co/e8ozVO6lbe
— ???? (@local_hag) January 7, 2019
2) Weekly SPA Magazine in Japan thought it appropriate to publish an article about "easy-to-have-sex-with college students (women)," even going as far as giving tips and ranking on how to identify them. https://t.co/EJeOP4LWm3 Thanks @princechrisw for sharing.
— Sachiko Ishikawa????️???? (@Ishikawa_Sachi) January 8, 2019
週刊SPA: 女性を軽視した出版を取り下げて謝って下さい –
Please sign the Petition to protest rape culture in Japan. An article ranking universities by order of the most predatory behavior promotes misogyny and is just plain disgusting.https://t.co/yYCVcs4JT2 via @Change
— annakak (@annakak) January 8, 2019
— 堀口 英利 / Horiguchi Hidetoshi (@Hidetoshi_H_) January 8, 2019
“I would like to fight so that, especially on public articles such as this one, sexualizing, objectifying, and disrespecting women would stop,” the petition creator, Kazuna Yakomoto said on the signature page. “We demand Shuukan Spa take this article back and apologize, and promise to not use objectifying words to talk about women.”
Spa! issued an apology for the article, saying it used “sensational language.”
“We would like to apologize for using sensational language to appeal to readers about how they can become intimate with women and for creating a ranking … with real university names … that resulted in a feature that may have offended readers,” the magazine said in a statement BBC translated.
“On issues that involve sex, we will do what we can as a magazine to listen to various opinions,” the statement added.
Japan ranks 110 out of 149 countries on the World Economic Forum’s global gender equality rankings for 2018.
Last year, multiple medical universities in Japan admitted to tampering with exam scores to put female applicants at a disadvantage, according to the Japan Times.
Spa!, which launched in 1988, has a circulation of 108,000 copies, Kyodo News reported.
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