Seitō – A 1910s Japanese Magazine Exclusively For Women

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Atlas Obscura have written a brilliant article about a Japanese women’s magazine called Seitō. Initially created as a collection of work for women and by women, it slowly became a feminist movement on its own after the Japanese government moved to ban its publication. This only spurred the writers to continue.

Feminist Hideko Fukuda wrote this for “The Solution to the Woman Question”:

“Only under such circumstances will real women’s liberation come about,” […] “Unless this first step is taken, even if women get voting rights, and even if courts, universities, and government offices in general are opened to women, those who enter these, will, of course, only be women from the influential class; the majority of ordinary women will necessarily be excluded from these circles. Thus, just as class warfare breaks out among men, so class warfare will occur among women.”

Further reading

Seitō on Wikipedia
‘In the Beginning, Woman Was the Sun’ and the Foundation of Japan’s First Feminist Journal
Fearless bluestockings in Japan
The Art of the In-between in Japan’s Taishō Era

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