When reading the article "Japanese Women in Transition" by Heichi Keiko, there were so many similarities in what these women face as to what American women face it was almost as if I were reading an article about American women; or women from any other country. When Keiko refers to the "Tokyo residential area where [she lives]" and describes how the "housewives clad in short, above-the-knee outfits get on their bikes, tennis rackets in baskets, and petal off for the tennis courts " I pictured suburban mothers loading up the tennis rackets in the back of their SUVs and driving off to the tennis courts. Keiko goes on to point out that "housewives commuting to tennis courts are, after all, outnumbered by those commuting to work." I sometimes believe
this to be true of American women as well. This article also discusses how "many women manage successfully to juggle work outside of the home with active participation in community affairs." This is also an issue that American women face. Many women take care of the home, have jobs outside of the home and then still become involved with activities in the community such as, home and school association or sports with their children. Keiko talks about the husband's role in the home as well. The husbands work outside of the home, and then hand their paycheck over to their wives who, in turn, handle the bills. The husbands views this as "a fulfillment of obligation" and, in turn, expect their... [continues]
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