A kimono retailer in Ginza, Tokyo has come under fire after publishing an ad suggesting that women should wear their products to have biracial children. The ad, a series composed of four posters , first appeared some time in , but resurfaced to the outrage of Japanese Twitter this week. Of the four posters, the most controversial depicts a woman in a kimono crossing an intersection. Unsurprisingly, the poster sparked outrage for treating half-Japanese children as hot commodity and marketing kimonos as a means of attracting foreign men. The income of those who do hit on you will increase. Unsurprisingly, the archaic posters angered a swarm of netizens — especially after learning that the person responsible is a female copywriter who actually won an award for them.
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A "xenophobic" ad campaign in Egypt caught my eye during this past week of presidential election drama, but was quickly overshadowed by news of the military regime's power grab. Last night, however, I was transfixed as I read a British journalist named Natasha Smith's account of being sexually assaulted in Tahrir. The attack -- which sounded eerily similar to what CBS's Lara Logan experienced last year on the day President Hosni Mubarak stepped down -- allegedly occurred Sunday, during celebration around the announcement of Egypt's first Islamic president. I don't write about such issues without wariness over the perception of sensationalizing isolated -- albeit horrific -- incidents that can be used by outsiders to judge a nation. However, there should be something said about this ongoing intersection of xenophobia, which apparently fueled Logan and Smith's attacks, and a universal struggle against the use of the female body as a battleground. Smith who has not yet replied to my email for comment recounted being pulled away from two male companions, stripped naked by a mob and repeatedly sexually assaulted. She wrote she was told later "the attack was motivated by rumors spread by trouble-making thugs that I was a foreign spy, following a national advertising campaign warning of the dangers of foreigners.
At present, China is still a developing country and not rich, so finding a foreign husband is like marrying a purse. Many Chinese women try to go abroad to marry foreigners, if they can not go abroad, at least they want to marry men from Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan. Marrying a foreign man means good social status. China now is always trying to attract foreign investors and many Chinese people worship all foreign things; so marrying a foreign man is naturally followed by the rise in social status. All Chinese women have vanity, marrying foreign men can achieve their own goals and please their vanity.