Women’s History Month: Comfort Women
Here we go again. Recently, the argument around comfort women resurfaced due to an article written by a Harvard Professor of Mitsubishi Japanese Studies. He also wrote an op-ed for a Japanese website. His argument, backed by the eloquent writing skills as a professor, was that these young girls willingly signed up for brothels during World War II.
As we celebrate Women’s History Month, we should not tolerate misleading twists of history with credentials. Regardless of South Korea and Japan's political agenda, claiming these girls in their teens, some not even yet to be teens, signing up for prostitution without coercion is beyond unethical. The claim is a moral injury to all women, regardless of race, nationality, and beliefs; they were at ages when they did not even know what sex was.
Many of these women could not even have their own families because of their traumatic experiences after the war. These women were not solely Koreans, but many women from China, the Philippines, and even other countries. There are only a handful of these women who survive now.
Can we stop hurting these women? Let them enjoy the remaining days left and live in peace. It is unfathomable how these women would feel in this nonsensical sentiment.
Forgiving and forgetting are two different things; the former only happens when the latter is differentiated and honored. Let’s honor these women’s courage for surviving their experiences and speaking up to make a difference for the future generations, in which young girls’ dreams are respected at all costs.