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(Asia Society)   Beate Sirota Gordon, interpreter for MacArthur who helped draft post-WWII constitutional clauses stipulating equal rights for women and thereby became icon of Japanese feminism, is dead at 89   (asiasociety.org) divider line 16
    More: Sad, General Douglas MacArthur, Beate Sirota Gordon, WWII, Japanese, equal rights for women, feminists, Japan Society, Asia Society  
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2013-01-03 02:19:42 PM  
Well she sounds fascinating. Rest in peace.
 
2013-01-03 03:10:55 PM  
She'd be vilified as a slutty feminazi here in the US.
 
2013-01-03 03:12:53 PM  
heard her interviewed on the radio some years ago. pretty impressive.

/when the US wins a war, the constitutions it drafts for the vanquished countries all have parliamentary systems and many more human rights guaranteed than ours does ..... WHY DOES THE US HATE THE CONSTITUTION?
 
2013-01-03 03:14:54 PM  

Tax Boy: heard her interviewed on the radio some years ago. pretty impressive.

/when the US wins a war, the constitutions it drafts for the vanquished countries all have parliamentary systems and many more human rights guaranteed than ours does ..... WHY DOES THE US HATE THE CONSTITUTION?


Maybe we need the Army to conquer Washington so that we can get a multi-party system.
 
2013-01-03 03:18:03 PM  

Tax Boy: heard her interviewed on the radio some years ago. pretty impressive.

/when the US wins a war, the constitutions it drafts for the vanquished countries all have parliamentary systems and many more human rights guaranteed than ours does ..... WHY DOES THE US HATE THE CONSTITUTION?


Every country for which we have written a constitution has socialized healthcare. We did that on purpose, so if we ever needed to invade them again, they'd be weak and sick due to the poor standard of care.
 
2013-01-03 03:18:26 PM  

HMS_Blinkin: Tax Boy: heard her interviewed on the radio some years ago. pretty impressive.

/when the US wins a war, the constitutions it drafts for the vanquished countries all have parliamentary systems and many more human rights guaranteed than ours does ..... WHY DOES THE US HATE THE CONSTITUTION?

Maybe we need the Army to conquer Washington so that we can get a multi-party system.


The British did in the War of 1812. It didn't help.
 
2013-01-03 03:26:45 PM  

Uzzah: HMS_Blinkin: Tax Boy: heard her interviewed on the radio some years ago. pretty impressive.

/when the US wins a war, the constitutions it drafts for the vanquished countries all have parliamentary systems and many more human rights guaranteed than ours does ..... WHY DOES THE US HATE THE CONSTITUTION?

Maybe we need the Army to conquer Washington so that we can get a multi-party system.

The British did in the War of 1812. It didn't help.


They didn't conquer Washington. They were just there to chew bubblegum and burn down the White House, and bubblegum hadn't been invented yet.
 
2013-01-03 03:27:21 PM  
What was she doing out of the kitchen?

/RIP
 
2013-01-03 03:36:00 PM  
Read her obit this morning -- what an amazing human being.
 
2013-01-03 03:42:46 PM  
Domo arigato, Beate Sirota, Domo.
 
2013-01-03 03:44:28 PM  
She wrote into the Japanese constitution non-descrimination clauses for women regardless of marital status and sounded the alarm recently when conservative members of the government wanted to repeal/weaken some of those protections.

Why are conservatives afraid of women and freedom?
 
2013-01-03 03:48:00 PM  
Ruth Gordon was also 89 when she died, and she was in Harold and Maude. Actually, she was two months shy of her 89th birthday when she died, but still. Now, you can go ahead and pretend that's a coincidence if you want, but I pity you. I really do.

/RIP to both.
 
2013-01-03 03:49:51 PM  
My wife is one of those "liberated" Japanese women, and while there is still a lot of room for improvement, she and a group of her friends are proud of their heritage and accomplishment.
...mind you, they left Japan in order to realize their dreams...
 
2013-01-03 04:05:33 PM  

BMulligan: Ruth Gordon was also 89 when she died, and she was in Harold and Maude. Actually, she was two months shy of her 89th birthday when she died, but still. Now, you can go ahead and pretend that's a coincidence if you want, but I pity you. I really do.

/RIP to both.


Neil Hamilton, who played Commissioner Gordon on the old "Batman" tv series, was born in 1899.

/we're through the looking glass here, people
 
2013-01-03 06:02:12 PM  

omgbears: What was she doing out of the kitchen?

okiya?

fixed
 
2013-01-03 08:38:14 PM  
I didn't know what to think of her, until I read that she enshrined marriage between 1 man and 1 woman into the Constitution: "Marriage shall be based only on the mutual consent of both sexes and it shall be maintained through mutual cooperation with the equal rights of husband and wife as a basis."

Just another bigot.
 
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