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When I first read the July 1 article “Disabled women speak out on discrimination,” I was so angry that I read it again — just to be sure about what I’d read. The first question that came to me: What would it be like if there were no women in the world?

As a foreigner living in Japan, many things are strange to me. For example, the way men treat their wives: the cold way men say hello to them when meeting them at the airport, men’s haughtiness in getting them to take groceries to the car, and so on.

Although the article was about disabled women being discriminated against, that topic makes me too angry to talk about, so let me just emphasize my way of thinking.

In Japan we have Marine Day, the Emperor’s Birthday, Showa Day, but people don’t make much of International Women’s Day, which was March 8 this year.

What if there were no women to do the household chores? What if there were no women to care about the family’s financial situation? Shouldn’t women have more chances to become a working member of society without having to care about their appearance and body shape?

The opinions expressed in this letter to the editor are the writer’s own and do not necessarily reflect the policies of The Japan Times.

sarah fuidio

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