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Response to Bonobo (Reply #17)

Sun Aug 26, 2012, 06:08 PM

62. But men (or their families) generally do get compensation for fighting in war.

In the U.S., it's things like the GI Bill, VA, Veteran's benefits, etc. I can't speak for how they were compensated in Japan, but I can't imagine they went without any recognition for their sacrifice...indeed, the highest honors are reserved for those who fight, are injured, or die in battle--soldiers are acclaimed with medals, monuments, and nearly legendary status--while someone who has worked as a prostitute is viewed as essentially corrupted, and more or less denied the chance to ever play an honorable role in society.

That doesn't dismiss the awfulness of sending soldiers to die in wars that benefit the few, and their suffering is certainly a gendered thing. But I don't think that pointing out the gender-based injustice and oppression faced by both men and women needs to be a competition. It has the same root cause. The same power elites (generally but not universally upper class males) are subjugating both groups to maintain their own status.

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