CNN story about "comfort women"

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Saw this article on CNN and it made me think of the discussion Monday about horniness and soldiers in the war.

http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/04/25/comfort.women.ap/index.html

Sorry- kind of a tangent!

-A

Wow-- what a sad article. I don't think it was a tangent at all; thanks for putting the link up.

Actually, this kind of ties in with Potted Plant's entry about the women of encyclopedic novels. There were so many women--like those in the article--that could have been written about in Cryptonomicon (and all the novels from this class) who were instead ignored (or left uncreated).

"Sadly, we police had to set up sexual comfort stations for the occupation troops," recounts the official history of the Ibaraki Prefectural Police Department, whose jurisdiction is just northeast of Tokyo. "The strategy was, through the special work of experienced women, to create a breakwater to protect regular women and girls."

Um..........................is it just me or are there several things disturbing about this specific concept?

no, not just you! I copied this exact sentence to paste in a comment.

even just the language used-- "special work of experienced women," "regular women and girls," calling them "comfort women" or "Women of the New Japan." It's like they're sugar-coating what they're pressuring women to do...it's prostitution...there's no way to get around that.

Yeah, this is horrible. I still cannot get past the point that so much rape happens during wartime. People never think about how civilians are involved during wars in their land, but here is another example. The book goes into enough detail with the Rape of Nanking and the attitudes of Japanese soldiers... but here is one article to make us pause. Oh man. Another reason why war sucks-- for everybody.