What causes addiction? Easy, right? Drugs cause addiction. But maybe it is not that simple.
What causes addiction? Easy, right? Drugs cause addiction. But maybe it is not that simple.
Burkas for all Japanese girls? Or, what about tasers for to every woman using the transportation system in Japan? It looks like Japanese men are stuck in morbid sexual fantasies. Can ye say pedophilia? Grow up ye stupid males!
Sexual assault of schoolgirls is commonplace on Japan’s public transportation, but now more girls are speaking out.
Additional reporting by Shiori Ito.
Tokyo, Japan – Tamaka Ogawa was about 10 years old when she was sexually assaulted for the first time. It was a public holiday and she was on the subway. A man standing behind her pulled down the band of her culottes and underwear, touched her bare bottom, then pressed himself against her. She recalls feeling shocked and physically sickened. When she reached home, she repeatedly washed the spot where he had pressed himself against her, although she was conscious of not spending too long in the toilet, in case her family noticed that something was wrong.
Some years later, on her first day of senior high school, she was groped on the commute home. After that, the groping and sexual assaults – men would often stick their hands inside her underwear – became a regular occurrence as she made her way to or from school in her uniform. Each time, she would run away, unsure of what to do.
“I thought of myself as a child,” she reflects. “I could not understand that adults were excited by touching me.”
It would be improper to express anger towards an adult, she thought, and she worried about attracting attention. Besides, her parents had never spoken to her about such things and how she ought to handle them.
She recalls one incident particularly clearly. She was about 15 and on her way to school. A man began to touch her, putting his hand inside her underwear. He was aggressive and it hurt, she remembers. When the train stopped, she got off. But he grabbed her hand and told her: “Follow me.” Ogawa ran away. She believes that people saw what was going on, but nobody helped.
She felt ashamed and complicit, she says.
“He seems to have thought that I was pleased with his act,” the now 36-year-old reflects.
“When I was in high school, every [girl] was a victim,” says Ogawa. “[We] didn’t think we could do anything about it.”
Today, Ogawa, a writer and cofounder of Press Labo, a small digital content production company in Shimokitazawa, an inner-city Tokyo neighbourhood, often writes about Japan’s gender inequality and sexual violence issues.
In 2015, she began writing about the country’s long-standing problem with groping – or chikan, in Japanese – often experienced by schoolgirls on public transportation. Many victims stay silent, unable to talk about their experiences in a society which, by many accounts, trivialises this phenomenon.
But, in the past two years, that has begun to change as more people speak up against it.
|Groping is often normalised as something that happens on the crowded city subway lines, according to Tamaka Ogawa [Shiori Ito/Al Jazeera]|
Yayoi Matsunaga is one of those people.
One morning in late January, the 51-year-old arrived at a coffee shop in the bustling neighbourhood of Shibuya with a suitcase of badges.
The round badges, designed to deter gropers, feature illustrations such as a schoolgirl peering angrily from between her legs, or a crowd of stern-looking rabbits and include the messages, “Groping is a crime” and “Don’t do it”. Each comes with a leaflet instructing the wearer to clearly display the badges on their bags, to stand confidently and to be vigilant.
Matsunaga began her Osaka-based organisation, Groping Prevention Activities Centre, in 2015 after her friend’s daughter was regularly molested while taking the train to school.
Takako Tonooka, the pseudonym she has used in interviews with the Japan Times, confided in her mother, and the two tried various solutions to stop the attacks. They bought a stuffed toy which says “Don’t do it” when pulled. They spoke to the police and the railway authorities, who said they would act if it was the same perpetrator – but it never was. Tonooka even wore her school skirt shorter and found that she was harassed less.
Matsunaga says trains display posters telling groping victims to be brave and to speak up. Tonooka started practising saying “Stop it” and “No” at home. She began to confront offenders, who would then angrily deny touching her. Onlookers did not help. Eventually, she and her mother created a label to attach to her bag, which says, “Groping is a crime. I’m not going to give up” and features a picture of policemen catching perpetrators. It worked.
But the label made Tonooka self-conscious, and Matsunaga says boys teased her.
Matsunaga decided that Tonooka should not have to fight on her own, so she came up with an idea to involve others by crowdsourcing ideas for anti-groping badges.
“High school girls are really into this ‘kawaii’ culture so they had to be cute,” she says.
|Yayoi Matsunaga, 51, began her Osaka-based organisation, Groping Prevention Activities Centre, in 2015 after her friend’s daughter was regularly groped on the train [Shiori Ito/Al Jazeera]|
In November 2015 she launched a crowdfunding campaign that attracted 334 donors and raised 2.12 million yen (about $19,000). Then, she ran a badge design crowdsourcing contest.
High school pupils, art school students, and freelance designers – many telling her it was the first time they’d thought about the issue – submitted 441 designs from which Matsunaga selected five. Her organisation gave away about 500 and three police stations handed out more. She now sells them online, for 410 yen ($3.70) each. From March, 11 department stores will stock them and she’s aiming to secure more distributors near train stations.
Apart from making the badges more widely available, Matsunaga also wants offenders to see them and think: “The world is changing, some people have started talking about it.”
By involving students, Matsunaga believes she’s encouraging them to talk about this issue from a young age.
The badges have had a direct effect. Data collected from 70 students at a high school in Saitama prefecture, just north of Tokyo, between April and December 2016, showed that 61.4 percent of respondents said they had not been touched since using the badges, while 4.3 percent reported no change.
Railway police have also started holding awareness-raising lectures with high schools which have enabled students to feel more comfortable speaking about the issue, Matsunga says.
In Ogawa’s opinion, the badges are an important intervention because they do not label anyone a victim or perpetrator, and they prompt discussion. “You need courage to wear these badges,” she says. “[They’re] cute but the message is strong.”
|Matsunaga crowdsourced designs for badges intended to deter men from groping schoolgirls [Shiori Ito/Al Jazeera]|
Despite such initiatives, experts say Japanese society remains willfully oblivious or unaware of how widespread this problem is and how often girls are assaulted.
Hiroko Goto, a feminist, professor of criminal law at Chiba University and vice president of Japan-headquartered NGO Human Rights Now, believes many people do not consider groping to be a crime. “[For] society at large, it’s not a big problem; that’s the kind of double standard [between] the victims’ viewpoint and the social viewpoint.”
In Ogawa’s opinion, society normalises groping as something that just happens.
There are no accurate figures on the number of victims; only a fraction are believed to report incidents.
One key problem when it comes to talking about “groping” is that people have very different ideas about what that entails; the term itself fails to adequately describe the range of violations. The widely held assumption is that groping is non-consensual touching over clothing, something deemed a minor crime and punishable under Japan’s prefecture-level Anti-Nuisance Ordinance. Under the ordinance, the sentence is usually six months in jail or a 500,000 yen ($4,500) fine.
“I hear many girls telling me that they have experienced men’s hands under their skirt, and the groper’s fingers in their vagina,” Matsunaga says. “It is rape.”
Men ejaculated on Ogawa’s friends. Often, she says, the perpetrators put their hands inside her underwear. Many times, the abuse involved being penetrated by men’s fingers.
Police officers usually decide whether more serious groping-related cases, where the violations include penetration, should be filed under Article 176 of the Penal Code, which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison. But just a tiny proportion of the total reported cases get filed under this article. Article 177, which pertains to rape, carries harsher penalties, but its legal definition is extremely narrow and only considers rape to be forced sexual intercourse.
According to Ogawa, groping-related violations are too often downplayed by society as a “nuisance”. It was only when she started writing about these crimes, she says, that she discovered that what she had experienced was sexual assault. “What was shocking me the most is that I didn’t realise that I was experiencing indecent assault,” Ogawa says.
Japanese society focuses on telling women to be careful, how to dress and to travel in women-only carriages – which are mainly available during peak hours on weekday mornings – Ogawa says. “They are telling women to protect themselves, to be careful, but no one tells the men not to do it,” she says.
Even the rail authorities’ anti-groping posters are too cute and miss the point, Ogawa argues.
“They don’t talk to the perpetrators. I wish there would be posters saying, ‘If you want to grope, you need to see a doctor’,” she says. Ogawa would also like to see more CCTV cameras installed on trains, something she believes Japan can do as it shores up surveillance for the 2020 Olympics.
Ogawa believes that a collective understanding of what actually happens on public transport is crucial. But for that to happen, more victims must speak up. “I think if women don’t talk about what is happening, then it will be always invisible,” she says.
|It was only when Tamaka Ogawa started writing about sexual violence in Japan that she realised the gravity of what she had experienced as a schoolgirl [Shiori Ito/Al Jazeera]|
Convincing society that there’s a problem is further complicated by a dominant narrative about men being falsely accused. Ogawa and others who write about sexual violence say much of the online backlash they receive comes from men who say this is the real problem.
“If we talk about sexual violence, especially if the topic is about groping, the main … concern is about false accusation,” Ogawa says.
“The media always blames … the victims,” explains Goto, who points to the fact that Japan’s mainstream and social media is male-dominated.
“The media [is] overly focused on this topic [of false accusations],” says Ogawa – who believes that false accusations and convictions are rare as compared to actual instances of sexual assault.
She points to the widely reported story of Koji Yatabe, whom a district court found guilty of forcing a young girl to touch his penis in 2000. Yatabe, who fought his conviction and eventually had it overturned by a high court judge, co-wrote a book with his wife about his case. That was then turned into a film called I Just Didn’t Do It.
Ogawa believes the media over-reported Yatabe’s side of the story, instilling fear about false accusations and creating a distraction from the problem of sexual violence. Worse, she says, it discouraged victims from being “able to talk about it [groping] – and that’s a problem”.
That absence of victims’ perspectives, is why Aiko Tabusa, a non-fiction manga artist, started blogging about groping in 2011. “There was either groping porn or innocent gropers’ stories,” the 38-year-old explains.
She is currently working on a manga book about groping on trains, an idea she tried to pursue six years ago with three publishers, who all turned her down.
“They were like, ‘Who’s going to read that? There’s no demand’,” Tabusa recalls. “For me, groping was like a daily life story.”
|Each of the badges sold by Matsunaga’s organisation comes with instructions for girls on how to prevent or respond to groping on trains [Shiori Ito/Al Jazeera]|
Many Japanese women say they stopped experiencing groping when they graduated from high school and no longer wore school uniforms.
“[It] never happened [again] since I took off my uniform,” says 20-year-old Kotomi Araki, an economics undergraduate student and waitress, who says she was groped on crowded trains throughout high school.
When asked about the perception of schoolgirls, Araki and others refer to the archetype of “Lolita”.
According to Goto, this idea is borrowed from the Russian American novelist Vladimir Nabokov, but in Japan is largely understood as a young girl who is “the image of obedience, subservience”, and is reinforced in widely read manga.
“Japanese society is highly patriarchal,” says Goto, explaining that this has roots in the Confucian ideals which originated in China and became widespread after the end of the Meiji imperial era in 1912. “[There’s a] strong belief men should be superior to women.”
Pre-modern Japan was traditionally less patriarchal, according to Emiko Ochiai, a sociologist and historian at Kyoto University. “In the ancient period, Japan had female kings, but it became rare in the later period. In the medieval period, there were female warriors or generals,” Ochiai says.
“Confucianism influenced the declining status of women in [Japan],” she says. That ideology was spread by popular stories and dramas and was “reinforced in the process of modernisation under the impact from the West”.
Today, “To be a woman is a ‘caste’ in this society,” Ochiai says. “You cannot get out of that destiny. [Only] if you are very successful in education and business, you can be a man.”
But from the women’s movement in the 1970s to, more recently, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s agenda to boost women’s participation in the workforce as part of an economic growth plan, men’s power has been challenged, according to Goto.
“One reason to do groping is to show their power to women and the younger girls,” Goto says. She believes offenders carefully target vulnerable-looking schoolgirls. She worries that as older schoolgirls begin to speak up, perpetrators will begin to target even younger girls.
Ogawa says many people believe men target schoolgirls because they are child molesters. “I think that’s true, too,” she says. But she also believes: “People want to target these kids and girls because they haven’t been touched; because no one has conquered them.”
Sociologist Kazue Muta agrees. Some men are aroused by schoolgirls because they “represent innocent and pure figures, to whom patriarchy should prohibit sexual access,” says Muta, a professor of sociology and gender studies at Osaka University, over email.
“However, the offenders are not always or necessarily sexually driven; rather, what drives them is the desire to control and dominate a target. The more she seems embarrassed, troubled, or perplexed, the [more the] offender would be satisfied, because it means he is controlling and dominating her. Schoolgirls are young and oftentimes docile and obedient to grown-up men,” Muta adds.
|A uniformed girl stands outside a JK Cafe in Ikebukuro [Shiori Ito/Al Jazeera]|
This sexualisation of schoolgirls extends to themed bars in red-light districts and exploitative “JK cafes” (JK stands for joshi kosei or high school girl) where adult men pay to chat to teenage girls, have their fortunes told or have their ears cleaned. Manga pornography depicting schoolgirls is also widely and openly available. It was only in 2014 that Japan criminalised the possession of child pornography.
Within walking distance of Ikebukuro train station, among the lanes of restaurants, are a number of mostly unsigned JK cafes. One innocuous-looking sandwich board with pink bubble font, lists, with blue heart bullet points, the range of available services. There are also themed bars for male-only customers who pay about $200 an hour to grope the women working there.
One 38-year-old man, who declined to give his name, explains that he has been to these bars in Ikebukuro – paying 15,000 yen ($133) to enter – including a bar furnished to look like the inside of a subway carriage. Customers choose what kind of woman they’d like to grope – often, the choice is between someone dressed up like a schoolgirl or an office worker. He says he believes the women working there are over the age of 18.
“They [Japanese men] love cute, pure, young; that’s what [they] find sexually attractive,” he says.
“I just go there to have fun,” he adds. In his opinion, these bars can prevent someone from groping in public.
Akira Wada, who spoke to Al Jazeera under a pseudonym, said he goes to these bars out of curiosity and has never groped anyone in public. The first bar he visited was high school-themed and while the 35-year-old says he’s not into uniforms, he says he likes young women. His company dinners sometimes end up at these bars.
He’s terrified, however, of being falsely accused of groping in public and says he always takes the precaution of finding a seat on the train. He says even if his bag accidentally bumps into a girl, he’s worried about being accused of touching her. “In the packed train car, anyone can be [a] victim or perpetrator,” he says.
In his opinion, men who grope on trains are motivated both by the public nature of the act and the fact that it is non-consensual.
Matsunaga worries such bars could condone this behaviour in public.
“I wish groping bars would say: ‘This is something you can’t do outside’,” Ogawa says.
Groping and rape are categories in Japanese pornography, says Ogawa, who adds that if she speaks out against rape or groping, commenters tell her she does not understand sex. “People mix up these things,” she explains.
When women talk about sex in Japan, she says, furrowing her brow, we either get attention from perverts or people who are against sex. For the next 30 years, I feel like I have to keep saying sex and sexual violence are two different things, she adds.
A girl in school uniform stands on the street to gather customers for a JK cafe, while two men look at the price and service list [Shiori Ito/Al Jazeera]
For older women who’ve experienced sexual assault, speaking out is just as hard.
Last year, Japan’s labour ministry released findings from an unprecedented study, in which, of nearly 10,000 female respondents aged 25 to 44, almost one-third of women said they had been sexually harassed at work, with inappropriate touching being one of the most common problems. Fewer than 40 percent of women took action.
A 52-year-old woman, who did not want to disclose her name or workplace, explained that she was recently sexually assaulted by someone, whose face she did not see, at her workplace in Tokyo. When she reported the incident to her employers, she says they were sympathetic but deterred her from going to the police, telling her to think about the company’s reputation and the trauma she would have to relive. She felt they simply did not want any trouble for the company.
But she also did not want to go to the police and does not want anyone to know. “I can’t talk about this – to anyone,” she says.
“It’s shameful,” she adds. “I thought, if I just forget, I can go back to a normal life.”
Tabusa, the manga artist, is heartened that the problem is increasingly being talked about, but says, “I don’t think there’s enough discussion yet.”
It needs to be taken seriously and more people need to be aware because the “groping victims are often children”, she says.
Women also make light of the issue, she reflects. “People just think this happens every day, so they have to laugh about it.”
Society also conflates groping with desirability. “I feel like people have this mindset that, if you are an old lady, you should appreciate that men still look at you like that or want to grope you,” she says.
When it comes to groping and sexual assault, Ogawa and Tabusa believe a real cultural shift will only come when more victims speak out.
“First of all, women have to talk about their experience and speak up,” Ogawa says.
But at every turn, society tries to stop them.
“The reason they can’t say [anything] is because they’re ashamed,” Ogawa says. “And sometimes, if they talk about it, some people think they are just bragging: I’ve been groped.”
They’re told it’s their fault, Ogawa says, they’re accused of looking for sympathy, or, simply silenced by the words: “It happens to everyone.”
Source: Al Jazeera
The stereotype that older men are usually attracted to much younger women may not fully reflect reality, a new study suggests.
The stereotype that older men are usually attracted to much younger women may not fully reflect reality, a new study suggests.
The study of Finnish adults found that many heterosexual men were, in fact, interested in women substantially younger than they were. And on average, they had a more generous definition of “too young” than women did.
But on the other hand, men were also attracted to women their own age. And as they aged, their preferences for a sexual partner matured, too.
Basically, the stereotype that older men go for young women is “too crude,” said researcher Jan Antfolk, of Abo Akademi University, in Turku, Finland.
“Sure, some older men have a strong preference for clearly younger women, but most tend to also find older women attractive,” Antfolk said.
“An interesting finding is that as men age, they become less picky about age,” he added. “They report an interest in both younger and older women.”
And of course in the real world, Antfolk stressed, neither men nor women base their romantic choices on age alone.
“We look for many different characteristics when choosing a partner, and age is just one of them,” he said.
For the study, Antfolk surveyed nearly 2,700 adults between the ages of 18 and 50. Some were single, he said, and some were in long-term relationships. The majority were heterosexual, while just over 1,000 were bisexual or homosexual.
All study participants gave the age range they would “consider” for a sexual partner. Then they were asked about their actual partners in the past five years.
Overall, Antfolk found, young men preferred women their own age. And compared with women, men were generally more willing to consider a partner substantially younger than they were.
For example, the average age of heterosexual men in the study was 37. And on average, they would consider having sex with a woman as young as 21.
By comparison, heterosexual women were 35 years old, on average, and the youngest partner they would consider was around 27 (again, on average), the findings showed.
As women grew older, they generally put more limits on how young they would go: For each year in a woman’s age, her definition of “too young” increased by about four months, Antfolk found.
Ha! Another exceptional number for the USA: #1 Wankers of the world! Ha ha ha!
What does that do to your expectations surrounding your sex life and how does it shape sex culture as a whole? To start, let’s take a look at Pornhub’s 4th annual Year in Review report, which outlines just how much porn we watch.
For the fourth year in a row, online porn giant Pornhub has dug deep and consolidated their data to help us understand how much porn the world watches. On Pornhub alone, online users collectively watched 91,980,225,000 pornographic videos. That translates to 64 million videos watched per day or 44,000 videos watched per minute. If you were to stretch the number of hours it would take to watch all of that across a timeline, it’s 5,246 centuries worth of hours.
Not surprisingly, the U.S. had the highest number of views per capita and the highest level of traffic. This could be seen across some of the topics that trended during 2016 on Pornhub. For example, following election day in the U.S., Pornhub experienced an 874% increase in the number of searches for President Donald Trump. His daughter, Tiffany, experienced an even greater leap, as her number of searches was up by 2,548%, and future First Lady Melania jumped up by 1,538%.
The report goes on to list the most popular search items, categories, times to watch videos, porn stars, and more. You can check out the full report here.
Clearly, the amount of porn we watch is increasing and it has been for quite a few years. I say ‘we’ because even if you don’t watch porn or aren’t a frequent user, it’s still affecting the collective consciousness. This becomes clearer when you actually consider our current sex culture and the way society views and experiences sex.
If you’ve never considered what the issue is with watching porn, that’s completely understandable. We live in a society where sex is devalued, and at the same time it’s encouraged and normalized. It’s commonplace to have sex with multiple partners and to masturbate while watching porn. We live in a system that further perpetuates this type of sex culture, which ultimately further disconnects us from one another.
To understand this concept, check out the following excerpt from an article written by Brett and Kate McKay called “The Problem With Porn“:
Pornography is such a polarizing issue, that it’s easy for people to take extreme sides when approaching it. Oftentimes, religious people, while very sincere in their beliefs, brand porn as vile filth that turns good men into sexual perverts and unclean lepers. I’ve sat through plenty of church sermons where porn is approached this way. However, such a approach hardly helps men rationally think through the issue. Rather it transforms porn into an even more desirable forbidden fruit, pushes porn consumption into a secretive underground fetish, and prevents men from being honest in their need for help.
The other extreme sees porn as just a healthy expression of sexuality. Pornography is heartily encouraged in order to help people discover what pleases them sexually, no matter how graphic or violent the material is. The people in this camp will argue that as long as consenting adults are involved and no one gets hurt, then anything goes. However, this approach fails to recognize the detrimental effects porn can have on an individual, on women, and on society.
We live in a dualistic world, so it makes sense for many people to have polarizing beliefs that are considered ‘opposite sides of the spectrum.’ We went from one end, suppressing our natural instincts and sexual nature, to the complete opposite, running wild and sleeping with many partners. There’s nothing inherently wrong with this; in fact, this makes perfect sense. Living in a dualistic world, it’s completely understandable that we’d create these polar opposites when it comes to our views on sex.
When religion was running the show and governed what was considered socially acceptable, sex was frowned upon, especially if you were unmarried. However, when these beliefs were overthrown (at least somewhat) and people started to exercise greater freedom, society started to shift their comfort levels with sexuality.
We began to rebel and to explore our sexual desires in ways we hadn’t before, especially around the time of the Women’s Rights movement. Then, corporations decided to capitalize on this opportunity, so porn was born and we started to see more sex in films, in music, and in the media. TV shows and movies tell us that it’s completely normal for us to have sex with multiple partners with “no attachments,” and we’ve clearly listened.
Since porn is a form of entertainment, it needs to be enjoyable to watch. As a result, the porn stars and the sexual acts filmed are far from what’s considered normal. However, since so many people’s first sexual experiences happen directly through porn, it creates unrealistic (and often unhealthy) expectations for them. This can continue to affect people throughout their lives, even while they’re having sex in real life. Many people who watch porn regularly state that it completely alters their sexual experiences, as they have difficulty staying present in the moment while having sex.
Jan 19, 2017
1. These Selk’Nam natives were exhibited in human zoos while being taken to Europe.
Carl Hagenbeck is often credited as being the man who made the zoo what it is today, creating enclosures without bars, and closer to the animal’s natural habitat. However, a lesser known fact is that he was also the first person to exhibit humans and create a “human zoo”; in 1889, he captured – with the permission of the Chilean government – 11 people of the Selk’Nam tribe, who were enclosed behind bars and exhibited across Europe. Several related, “purely natural” tribes were also soon subjected to the same fate.(source)
Africans and Native Americans were often kept in zoos as exhibits – a practice that ran well into the late 1950s. In Europe, this was evident even as recently as the early 2000s. In Germany, Africans were brought in as exhibits for zoos and carnivals throughout the 20th century – something that was called a “People’s Show”. The Cincinnati Zoo kept 100 Native Americans in a village setting for approximately three months. This practice continued for several years, and across several places, causing widespread fury and outrage.(source)
“Age, 23 years. Height, 4 feet 11 inches. Weight, 103 pounds. Brought from the Kasai River, Congo Free State, South Central Africa, by Dr. Samuel P. Verner. Exhibited each afternoon during September.”
Thus read the sign outside the enclosure in which Ota Benga- a Congolese pygmy – was exhibited at the Monkey House in the Bronx Zoo in New York in 1906, where he entertained onlookers by shooting at targets with a bow and arrow and making amusing faces. He also did “tricks” with orangutans and other apes to entertain the large number of people who were drawn to this unusual, yet highly interesting specimen in the zoo. This incident, however, drew criticism from several corners, leading to the “exhibit” being withdrawn.(source)
In a grand, albeit twisted display of power, the French, in a bid to promote their colonizing power, built six villages in the Jardin d’Agronomie Tropicale, each representative of the Madagascar, Indochine, Sudan, Congo, Tunisia and Morocco – French colonies at the time, for an exhibition which lasted from May through October 1907.
Built to showcase France’s colonial power, this attracted over a million people in the six months that the “exhibition” lasted.
The villages were made to reflect life in the colonies, from the architecture to the agricultural practices.
Above is the picture of a Congolese “factory” built in Marseille, in an attempt to imitate life. To this extent, several Congolese people were brought to the site to “work” in this factory.
What attracted over a million people then, now lies abandoned and ignored – a spot of history that France would only too hastily forget. In 2006, despite the public being granted access to the gardens, few actually visited it.(source)
In 1810, 20-year-old Sarah “Saartjie” Baartman was recruited by an exotic animal-dealer to be “exhibited”. With the promise and expectation of wealth and fame, Sarah travelled to London with him, where what followed was far from promised; having a genetic condition that led to Sarah possessing protruding buttocks and an elongated labia, she was the topic of much speculation and attraction. She was dressed in tight-fitting clothes and exhibited at sideshow attractions; she was exhibited as being a “novelty” – something “exotic”. She died, steeped in poverty, only to have her skeleton, brain, and sexual organs displayed in the Museum of Mankind in Paris till 1974. In 2002, following then-President Nelson Mandela’s request, her remains were repatriated.(source)
This exhibit was among the most popular there, and was even visited by Otto von Bismarck.
These human displays were incredibly popular and were shown at world fairs across the world, from Paris to New York.
The 1931 exhibition in Paris was so successful that 34 million people attended it in six months; a smaller counter-exhibition – “The Truth on the Colonies”, organized by the Communist Party, attracted very few visitors.(source)
All of them died within a year.
Organised by the white Americans, The Savages’ Olympics consisted of Native Americans and other tribesmen from several corners of the world, such as Africa, South America, The Middle East, and Japan. The idea for an Olympics featuring these “savages” sprung from games director James Edward Sullen’s suggestion to implement this in order to prove that the “savages” were less athletic in comparison to “civilised”, white Americans.(source)
Dead white men are revered by many as responsible for the advancement of civilisation, says sociology professor Kehinde Andrews.