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Stupid 2A

2B was angelic today, since 10 students were absent (most of them had an excused absence from school 'cuz of basketball) and dipshits like Takebayashi and Kamimura were gone. And since it was rainy and warm, the students were sleepy and didn't put up a fuss at all. In fact, we couldn't get them to talk. It was great.

Just finished teaching 2A. They were okay, although not as good as 2B had been--shocking, I know--but they had to go and do something stupid, just for my benefit. Halfway through the class, I looked up and noticed that on the bulletin board in the back of the classroom, somebody had posted pictures of mostly-naked Japanese girls. You couldn't see actual "parts," but there was little left to the imagination. These big 8x11 full-color spreads all over the board. I KNEW it was Kawabata, although Masa didn't demand to know whose work it was. I looked at all the kids, but finally centered on Kawabata, who couldn't keep his head up and was half-snickering to himself. Personally, I don't give a shit that these guys whack off to retarded pictures, but it objectifies women, and I refuse to be a part of that. I wanted to give them a lecture in Japanese about how women are 者, not 物, but there wasn't really time for that. I guess Masa did a pretty good job, though. He explained that it wasn't funny, and that it was inappropriate (that's what I said when I pointed it out to him).

It is so hard for me--stubborn, tough, gender-blind as I am--to deal with the fact that my students think less of me and respect me less because I don't have an extra lump of flesh dangling just before my thighs. It all comes down to this: if I stood to pee, they'd listen up when I told them to. I wouldn't even need to be any bigger than I am (compared to most of them, I'm a giant). It's so stupid that Nishimuro-sensei gets more respect than I do, and yet he's smaller than I am. I could kick these kids asses without breaking a sweat.

I love Japan, but I find it a bitter pill to swallow that I am a lesser human being because of the way my body is formed. It's bad enough that I'm sub-human because I'm a foreigner, let alone that I garner little respect because I'm a woman. Why are women considered a "minority," when we represent 52% of the world's population? Since when has 52% ever been a minority?

Then I meet these kids' mothers and the fog clears. Japanese women are weak, cowed creatures with nothing running through their minds aside from "Do they have that Hermes bag in pink?" They are ill-educated and know nothing. They make me sick, and they make baby boys who grow into women-despising men. I see these young girls who care about nothing except how they look and I want to shake them and say, "It will fade! You must find something else beneath that veneer, or you will be worth nothing in the future."

Ack, better go.


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Jun. 25th, 2004 02:06 am (UTC)
mundane life
I can't imagine what teching all boys is like, but good luck with teaching! Nothing is coming up for this Saturday, but I have a band practice in Kobe. My band got a new guitarist, and I don't understand why he can't play the right note even though he used to play as a professional guitarist...
Jun. 25th, 2004 02:28 am (UTC)
Re: mundane life
Yeah, I was gonna ask if you guys ever found a new guitarist. Weird, though, that he can't play. Did you guys hold an audition or something, or was he the only option?

You guys need to perform again!!! And cut a record!!! (I've had "Tysuke, He Bites" in my head forever.) ^_^

Jun. 26th, 2004 09:08 pm (UTC)
I have something to say on behalf of the smart Japanese women I know. I used to share your attitude about Japanese women because there are many out there like those you described. However, I have come to find that while they seem weak, it is actually the women who hold most of the power in the family. The women make all the money decisions and all of the child-rearing decisions. It is the women who could easily survive on their own, and the men who would die a slow death out of inability to cook, clean up for themselves, or manage their finances. Besides this, I have many students who are very strong-willed, well-educated, and unafraid to show their intelligence. I think a lot of Japanese women have these qualities, it is just not acceptable at present to show them off in front of stupid men. And there you have my defense of Japanese women.
Jun. 26th, 2004 09:30 pm (UTC)
I have something to say on behalf of the smart Japanese women I know. I used to have a similar attitude about Japanese women, but then I found out that it is the women who have most of the power in the family. They make all the decisions about money and child-rearing. They are the ones who could easily survive on their own while the men would die a slow death out of inability to cook, clean up after themselves, and manage their finances. Besides, I have many female Japanese students who are strong-willed, well-educated, and unafraid to show their intelligence. There are many more women like them out there, but it is just considered unacceptable in present-day Japan for them to show off their abilities in front of stupid men.
Jun. 26th, 2004 09:33 pm (UTC)
Oops. I wrote my comment twice because I didn't read the small print about screening. Was it better the first time or the second time?
Jul. 3rd, 2004 04:28 pm (UTC)
I realize that this is an older post and you may miss my comment, but this is the post I found most interesting, so I'm responding here.

I stumbled onto to your blog through Dan's. I'm coming to Japan to teach soon (less than two months!) so I find your posts fascinating. I keep asking what it will be like for me, as woman, and I get a lot of mumbling and vague answers. I have the suspicion that there will be times that my gender (not to mention my overly-confident Western personality) may cause me to be treated differently, despite what my good intentioned male friends may say.

Come check out my blog anytime. www.kelsye.blogspot.com

I think it's funny we both used "scribble" (my site is called Scribbler's Cafe.)

Thanks for your great blog, Kelsye
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