Japanese people still honor sumo nowadays and want it to be part of the Olympics, but the sexism in the series. This subject is still controversial.
A young boxer struggles with gender discrimination in Japan’s long-standing sport in the hope that women have the right to step into the ring, and sumo is included in the Olympic competition.
According to the Japan Times, Hiyori Kon is the main character in a new Netflix documentary called Little Miss Sumo. The film is about Kon’s struggle for equality for women in sumo.
Sumo is a Japanese national sport, hailed as a “national sports” (the national iconic sport), in which two large body fighters will wrestle on the ring. For Japanese, only “worthy” men stand in the ring of sumo.
If you are a Japanese girl, then you should be married to a sumo wrestler
Women are forbidden to go to sumo wrestling because they are considered to be dirty.
Since the sumo was born more than 1,500 years ago, women were forbidden to enter the dohyō circle because their presence was considered “impure”, “dirty”, while sumo was considered a “sacred” sport.
To this day, Japan still lags behind gender equality compared to many other developed countries. According to the Global Gender Gap report released by the World Economic Forum 2018, Japan ranks 110th out of 149 countries on gender equality.
In Japan today, many people still consider the family’s responsibility to women, while politics is the category for men. Sports are no exception.
Gender stereotypes are still common, and Japanese women still face sexual harassment on crowded trains, becoming victims of sexual violence in comics.
In 2018, the Japan Sumo Association, an organization that doesn’t allow women to compete in professional sumo, apologized after chasing nurses off the ring because they tried to rush forward to save a fainted mayor.