Japan

Samurai Women

Did women samurai exist in ancient Japan? Cristen and Caroline uncover the truth about Japanese women warriors and how their uncommon backstories became the stuff of legend.

Where Blackened Teeth Were Beautiful

In 1873, the empress of Japan made a radical beauty statement, appearing in public with white teeth...

Japanese Girls Paying for Snaggletooth Smiles

For about $400, cosmetic dentists affix fake pointy teeth called yaeba, translated 'double teeth,' that creates an illusion of having crowded baby teeth, a.k.a. snaggleteeth. Fang-like teeth are considered cute and girlish in contemporary Japanese culture, and one of the dentists who first began performing the procedure also has pushed for its popularization by creating an all-girl, snaggletooth pop group TYB48, or Tseuke-Yaeba 48.

Japan's Legal Battle for Maiden Names

A Valentine's Day lawsuit filed in Japan challenges an 1898 civil law maintaining that women have to give up their maiden names when they wed. Four married Japanese women and one of their husband's brought the lawsuit, which the Sydney Morning Herald (via Jezebel) described as a "test for the rights of women, who continue to struggle against gender stereotypes and remain under-represented in politics and corporate boardrooms."

In this episode, Molly and Cristen explore the Japanese subculture of "moe," which entails men forming romantic attachments to 2-D characters, and discuss how these "relationships" may be contributing to a drop in condom sales in Japan.