Author’s Note: This post is about equality, especially feminism. The first part are just random anime facts. Go ahead and read on! 🙂

Midaregami みだれ髪 basically means disordered hair. Or untidy. Or messy. Or dishevelled. As long as it is something that looks like this.

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Also, Midaregami (Unkempt Hair) is one of the songs in Naruto Shippuden Original Soundtrack II. Weird choice for a song name, but apparently, it was a reference to Kakuzu. Unkempt Hair was also played in the Sasuke VS Deidara fight, and Sasuke VS Danzo fight.

naruto 10 Additionally, in Nurarihyon no Mago, Kejōrō’s hyoui technique is called “Midaregami, Asobi Onna no Mai“, which involves lengthening her hair to envelop and overrun opponents.

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-BUT ALL OF THIS IS ABSOLUTELY UNIMPORTANT-

Because what I wanted to focus on was Tangled Hair (Midaregami).

In case you didn’t know, Kiseijuu‘s episode titles are all references to literary works. Looking closely, the title for the 4th episode was Tangled Hair. Being curious, I searched about it and found that it was a collection of tanka (short poems) written by a Japanese writer, Akiko Yosano, in 1901. midaregami 1

Midaregami challenged the feudal view of women as those responsible for the production of children and the management of the family’s domestic life.

During the early twentieth century, the status of women in Japan was described by the phrase, “Onna sankai ni ie nashi” (Women have no home in their three lives), which meant that the actions of women in their expected roles as daughter, housewife, and mother were controlled by the patriarchal trinity of father, husband, and son.

– Quoted from Wikipedia

Tangled Hair doesn’t simply mean unkempt hair, but instead, refers to the tousled hair after love making.

Through the beautiful poems, several messages are conveyed, such as sexual freedom, freedom to love, the beauty of women, and the emancipation of women.

Through the alluring poems, Yosano transformed the symbolism of the female body from simply motherhood and child-feeding, to an expression of natural beauty.

Through the heavenly poems, the bell of feminism resounded throughout Japan, calling for help to subvert the gender norms and bring equality between man and woman.

The book may be a 100 years old, but the issues presented are still relevant today. Indeed, it’s true that in certain countries, more women are gaining economical independence through working.

In Kerala, free education is provided for both boys and girls up to the age of 14. This ensures no disparities in benefits attained by both gender. However, Kerala is but just one of the few countries that actively do this. In my opinion, more countries need to step up and initiate more campaigns that promote gender equality and women rights. I may be a guy, but I think that women should not be looked down upon at all. To some extent, we might even need to look up to them, since women are beginning to take on leadership positions (e.g. Yahoo’s CEO: Marissa Mayer).

To all the guys out there: 我们 and ‘Women’ are both the same thing.

Just like hair, we may be black, brown, long, short… But we are all tangled with one another, forming up a unified community. Look at each individual based on the individuals themselves, and not classify them into useless categories.

GENDER, RACE, RELIGION, SEXUAL ORIENTATION
BODY SIZE, BODY SHAPE, BMI, HEIGHT AND WEIGHT,
FRECKLES OR NO FRECKLES, GLASSES OR NO GLASSES
SKIN COLOUR, HAIR COLOUR, EYE COLOUR, SHIRT COLOUR
SMALL CHEST VS BIG BREASTS,
JUST FLABS VS WITH ABS

All those don’t matter at all.

All of us are humans.

And that’s the only category we need.

a Racial Harmony Project that my group did last year

a Racial Harmony Project that my group did last year

Thanks for reading 🙂

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