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Women Are Starting a Sex Strike in Tokyo Because of This Guy

Yoichi Masuzoe
AP Yoichi Masuzoe

A modern day Lysistrata

Women in Tokyo have been brushing up on their Greek theater. To protest conservative Yoichi Masuzoe’s gubernatorial bid, women are threatening a sex strike against any man who gives the candidate a vote.

One reason for the boycott stems from a Masuzoe’s 1989 declaration that women shouldn’t hold high governmental decisions because they have periods.

“Women are not normal when they are having a period,” he told a men’s magazine.”You can’t possibly let them make critical decisions about the country (during their period) such as whether or not to go to war.”

A Twitter handle which describes itself as “The association of women who will not have sex with men who vote for Masuzeo” gained more than 3,000 since its launch last week. A separate website to prevent his success has been pulling in 75,000 hits a day. That’s a lot more action than Masuzeo supporters are going to be getting.

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