Think of today’s post as random musings. They’re all connected, but in an obtuse way. These little collected bits intrigued me, so I’ve decided to share.
• Women-only trains in Tokyo. Sadly, this has come at the request of many Japanese women who were getting groped by strange men on the trains. Almost two-thirds of women aged 20 to 40 said they had been groped in a survey last year. A city official had an interesting take on the situation. “On one hand it could be that the number of men engaging in such acts is increasing, but it could also be that women who once felt they had to suffer in silence now have the courage to speak out and complain.” Let’s hope it’s the latter.
• Girls who identify with the main female characters in classic fairy tales like Cinderella are more likely to become victims of a violent relationship as an adult. At least that’s the conclusion of a graduate student in England. Her study found that girls who grew up reading these fairy tales were more submissive adults, and that adult victims of abuse identified with the “dominated” women characters.
• Over Mother’s Day weekend, women gathered in cities across the country to participate in Women Build, a partnership between Habitat for Humanity and Lowe’s. So far, female crews have built 650 homes. Well done. Wonder if they used tools designed for women. But more on that next week.