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Japan to launch new 'Women's Empowerment' top-flight soccer league in 2021

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They could’ve chosen a less cringey name for it though

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Great news!

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Hardly anyone will watch it but I have nothing against it.

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Are there any women out there who see this kind of thing as condescending?

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If the new league is truly going to be known as the Women's Empowerment League, then the next move would be to change the National Women's Football team name, now Nadeshiko to something more appropriate for the 21st C.

Nadeshiko reflects the aged view of how a "real Japanese woman" should be - gentle, faithful, demure, patient, kind, etc etc - in the eyes of a male-centric society.

Empowering women will see the need to shake off this confining yoke.

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This is great. Now if women can get empowerment in the business landscape as well in Japan.

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Nadeshiko reflects the aged view of how a "real Japanese woman" should be - gentle, faithful, demure, patient, kind, etc etc - in the eyes of a male-centric society.

Empowering women will see the need to shake off this confining yoke.

Been saying this for years! Names matter, but far too many people dont see it this way, and sadly it wont change.

If the real goal is empowerment, pay them the same as the men!

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All for it but people need to go to the games instead of virtue-signalling about how they should be paid the same. The men's game should not have to subsidize them.

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Hardly anyone will watch it but I have nothing against it.

If you’d bothered paying attention to women’s football around the world, you’d know that the standards and crowds have been generally on the up. Japan has a fine tradition in international women’s football.

Good luck to them.

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The men's game should not have to subsidize them.

Where does it say the "men's game" will subsidize them?

Nadeshiko reflects the aged view of how a "real Japanese woman" should be - gentle, faithful, demure, patient, kind, etc etc - in the eyes of a male-centric society.

Sadly, that's not going to change in the foreseeable. Baby steps, though...

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What century are we in , in japan ???. The edo period ???.

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If you’d bothered paying attention to women’s football around the world, you’d know that the standards and crowds have been generally on the up. 

A statement that is virtually meaningless. The only real question is if the league is self-sustainable. Sure they need some support up front to get things going, but ultimately we’ll have to wait and see if the “crowds” will be enough. It’s very hard to start and sustain a sports league. Many pro men’s leagues have come and gone or been forced to merge.

 pay them the same as the men

hold your horses there. they’re barely a league and you’re demanding premiere league salaries?

If you follow that line of thinking, then the there should be salary parity among the separate male leagues as well, but as you already know, there isn’t. Compare the salaries of the Japanese or North American male teams with those in Europe. The level isn’t there, neither is the demand.

Pay comes with skill level and/or the ability to draw crowds. Why do Ronaldo and Messi get paid so much?

”Pay them the same as the men” is an untenable position.

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