Katana Women Are Japan’s Big New Trend


Read about the legacy of the Occupy movement, which over time is becoming clearer. Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are both running on at least semi-populist campaigns, using their Presidential bids as a venue to talk about the wealth gap; President Obama has been making gains on environmental issues and student debts; and minimum wage laws are changing all over the country, all of which are movements that gained strength through Occupy and have become its more focused predecessors. [Atlantic]



A 23-year-old Georgia woman was arrested and charged with feticide for taking abortion pills at five-and-a-half months, following her breakup with her boyfriend. Women’s legal advocates in Georgia say that there is no precedent in Georgia law to charge the woman with feticide if it’s her own fetus. The police are maintaining that they’re looking into it, and the charge stands for the time being. [The Guardian]



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One of the big trends in Japan right now is “katana joshi,” or katana women, who are taking tremendous interest in the samurai swords. Historically, only samurai – who were exclusively men – used the swords, and young people tended not to take too much interest in them as a cultural artifact. Thanks to an online game called Touken Ranbu, katana are having a comeback, even to the tune of – wait for it – katana exercise videos. [Kotaku]
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