Pink Female Prison “To Reduce Inmate Oppression”

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Japan’s newest female prison is to be painted pink to reduce any feelings of “oppression” its inmates might suffer during their unfortunate period of incarceration, prompting accusations of sexual discrimination against men.

In order to reduce staggering overcrowding in Japan’s female prisons, where 7 facilities designed to hold 3342 inmates are packed with 3440 prisoners and a shocking 2.9% overcapacity forces some women to share cells, Shikoku has received its first female-only prison.

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Matsuyama Prison, in Ehime prefecture, has been converted into a women-only prison capable of holding as many as 83 inmates, and aside from the installation of nursing facilities and a gynecology unit features a unique innovation – cells and shared facilities have had walls and doors repainted from white to pink “in order to ease the feelings of oppression of inmates.”

The decision has aroused some umbrage online – although this being Japan few seem to have picked up on the patronising assumption that women are better off in pink environments in the first place:

“Good to see them keeping the comfort of female prisoners foremost in mind.”

“Isn’t the whole point of a prison to oppress its inmates?”

“So it is OK to oppress male inmates, but not female ones? Inmates are inmates, surely?”

“Sexual discrimination, plain and simple.”

“Aiming for a comfortable venue for returning offenders I see.”

“Great use of over a hundred million yen of our taxes there.”

“Lace curtains, when?”

“Expect the beauty salon and manicurists soon.”

“Just how soft is our society on women?”

“Their own gynecology unit, marvelous.”

“This country is amazing – preferential treatment even for female criminals now is it?”

“Who ever heard of a pink door?”

“I would think white is actually less oppressive than pink…”

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    Comment by Benoist
    21:24 02/09/2014 # ! Good (+0.7)

    Perfect lesbian BDSM setting.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:25 02/09/2014 # ! Good (+0.7)

    They should paint men's prison pink. That'll mellow them out...

    Comment by Anonymous
    Comment by Anonymous
    04:47 03/09/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    they have actually tested this, and pink prisons significantly reduce inmate violence, both against fellow inmates and against guards. there has been a push from the psychology sector trying to get this normalized, and a number of prisons have been converted to all pink cells, though it is unfortunately not very common yet despite the evidence backing it up

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    Comment by cats2
    19:27 03/09/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Oh come on... You have to know how flimsy that is..

    Hell, it wasn't that many years ago when Tokyo was trying to say that the blue streetlights where helping lower suicide rates...only for the rates to get absurd, and an increase in assaults in the areas that where made much darker..

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:54 03/09/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    if you want to talk about psychological victory, paining the wall dark blue would be more effective. deep blue is actually a demoralizing color, one that passifies opponents. they've found in fights that squaring off against a guy in red trunks leads to higher victory rate vs squaring off against a guy in blue trunks because red is an aggressive color, while blue is soothing.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:13 03/09/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    same idea more or less, yeah, though i believe a number of colours were tested and pink seemed to reduce violence most significantly. not personally familiar with the dark blue thing, though if it has been tested several times i am sure that would help, though it would needed to be tested in specifically a prison context a number of times to be sure

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:59 03/09/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    in male prison it's two in the stink & none in the pink

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:05 04/09/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nah point the walls black, and give them no windows. When the lights go out, it'd fuck with their heads.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:54 02/09/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    HA-HA-HA! Good one!

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    Comment by Chris
    20:36 02/09/2014 # ! Good (+0.5)

    Feminism is career about being a professional victim.

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    Comment by kamehappo
    03:37 03/09/2014 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Can i come with shy notice there is different kind of feminists. Everyone is not a monster.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:24 03/09/2014 # ! Good (+0.6)

    What do you mean there not all bad? If your a female and believe your civil rights has been infringed dont become a "feminist" become a person who seeks equal civil rights and sets out to make sure that dosent happen again. If your a female and feel your not being treated as fairly as others in the work place dont become a "feminist" join a union and make sure that this dosent occur again use the law to your advantage but dont play victim and race for equality thats to broad. Im a male and if i feel ive been treated unfairly i take action i dont become a meninist and play victim and blame specific groups for the action of an individual.

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    Comment by Rya
    06:26 03/09/2014 # ! Good (+0.4)

    At least there's two. Feminists only have one category: Men.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:41 17/09/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    lol feminism is about equal rights its just that females are on the losing side

    Comment by Anonymous

    And here, ladies and gentlemen, is what is known as the "male chauvinist", which means it is a male homo sapien that believes women fall either into one category, or another, without any proof!

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:30 03/09/2014 # ! Good (+0.6)

    "Not all feminists"

    "No true Scotsman"


    Comment by Anonymous
    15:42 03/09/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    not all black people steal, just most of them

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:33 04/09/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    not all blacks carry AIDS, just most of them

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:09 03/09/2014 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Ah, the ol' " we're not all like that" excuse.
    You know this "few bad apples" argument might hold water if the "bad ones" were buried or otherwise put out of everyone's else misery so that things like this don't happen.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:07 03/09/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    The problem with this mentality is that YOU are now responsible for burying the bad apples in your own gender/sect/etc. Will you do it? Will you go around burying the truly foul misogynists you see, or the truly despicable people of your social class/race/etc? If not, then you certainly don't have the right to tell others they can't hide from that responsibility the same way you are.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:07 04/09/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    What the hell do you have against lolis?

    Comment by Anonymous

    I know right? By the same logic ALL sancom users are pedos.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:26 04/09/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Not all white scum are scum. Just most of them.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:14 03/09/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    The good old mob mentality at work.
    You could, you know offer accountability(<----too big a word for you) instead of playing crowd control. Just throwing it out there.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:46 04/09/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    You're nothing more than a misogynist little shit.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    06:05 03/09/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    83 inmates? damn... I guess they are too busy letting the women go and arrest all the men for to other reason that they dared to walk the same street as a woman.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:00 04/09/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Pink prison only works for a while, until they are becoming more and more aggressive because of the environment is pink-ish. Not everyone likes pink.

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    Comment by Drax DriloX
    23:24 02/09/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Actually pink was originally a masculine color

    Avatar of Chen-04
    Comment by Chen-04
    23:44 02/09/2014 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    Pretty much everything was originally masculine. Except childcare. Remember when women weren't allowed to earn money? Remember why? Because that way they can't neglect the very, very important job of childcare.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:41 03/09/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    How can property earn money? Any money earned by a woman would be money earned by her master.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:08 03/09/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    And here we have an idiot, who does not understand a joke.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Ok, you're just an idiot for not getting that it was a joke.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Crikey! A close cousin the the male chauvinist, the male sexist! And 2 of them together! Watch them attempt to mate with digital versions of they try and describe as their "waifus" due to their being socially awkward and thinking they can treat fellow humans like items!

    Comment by Anonymous

    Before the industrial revolution, no one was allowed to earn money unless it was for their village/tribe/etc. Men and women alike were responsible for keeping their families alive and rearing children. This whole mentality that it's about earnings is only recent, and the type of oppression you're talking about was never in the collective psyche for very long.

    Women were oppressed in that they were not allowed to do men's jobs, whatever the society deemed those were. Much like men were not allowed to do women's jobs. The actual oppression was that it was the men who largely determined what fell into what gender's "jobs pool". But it wasn't even all men, it was "the men in charge". You'll note that often in pre-industrial times, women who were capable of doing what men weren't were often still allowed (and encouraged) to do "men's" jobs even if they were kept quite about it, lest the "men in charge" have the village burned down.

    Stop applying modern gender oppression to all of history, because it only shows you are generalizing in foolish ways. It also undermines your credibility when you ignore that it was not only women who were oppressed in the ways you cite.

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    Comment by Chen-04
    01:50 04/09/2014 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    Back in the day kids were married off at age 12 or something. Don't remember that far back. Also do not remember back to the invention of fire. Geez. Remember your (great)grandfathers time.

    Comment by Anonymous

    "Remember when women weren't allowed to earn money? "
    No, I don't. Wasn't the oldest profession performed by women?

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    Comment by Chen-04
    06:25 03/09/2014 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    Yeah.. don't remember that far back when there was no money around.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:36 02/09/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Clever. It is not about sexism. AFAIK, this shade of pink (pastel pink) psychologically affects people surrounded by it. It calms and pacifies them, makes them feel subdued. Some police stations and prisons are using this method, actually.
    Maybe they just don't want people (especially inmates) to know the actual reason why they painted this jail pastel pink. It works better that way.

    Comment by Anonymous

    I feel like I have to mention that the effectiveness of this color therapy is grossly exaggerated.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Maybe not, but probably half the posts in this article are pretty damn sexist.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:31 07/09/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is stupid. So are we gonna clean up and pretty up the men's prisons too?
    (I just spent all morning advocating the seriousness of men being raped... I'm none too happy about this...)
    Worldwide feminism is failing and this is why. Makes me look look like I'm stupid.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:44 05/09/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oh Japan, you and your gender stereotypes. What kind of labour do women there do, cooking? baking? gardening?

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:18 02/09/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Its a PRISON. You're SUPPOSED to make them feel oppressed.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:47 02/09/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    No you're not. Only retarded Amurricans think so. Prison is for rehabilitation and reintegration into society. For reference, check how fucked up the US prison system is (prison as an industry, highest prison population in the world, etc.). Then compare Norways system, for example, which is all about what I just mentioned and works almost perfectly.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:08 03/09/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Not to mention this is for a low-security prison which houses smaller time prisoners.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Uh, what? I believe most of those posts are made by the Japanese, who are behind on other issues as well. I don't believe I have EVER seen an American call a prison a place where they're SUPPOSED to oppress people.

    Comment by Anonymous

    im an american and i support the oppression of criminals.

    most of them are minorities anyway

    Comment by Anonymous

    I don't know what's worse: giving unapologetic serial killers a two year vacation to a glorified five-star resort (Yurope) or putting someone in a maximum security prison forever because some asshole maintenance worker hid marijuana in his apartment (Merrikkka).

    Comment by Anonymous

    >highest prison population in the world
    that's because
    >prison as an industry

    Seriously. It's republican backed multi-billion dollar industry, where most of the inmates serving jail time are in for minor offenses like being caught carrying a few grams of marijuana. All of the rich can keep getting richer. And not so the "criminals" can be "reformed".

    Comment by Anonymous

    Just sayig! You are compareing an averege sized countrys sum of prisoners, to the sum of prisoners of a country that is almost the same size of the continent it is on.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:48 03/09/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Someone made a video why America can't have public healthcare like for example in scandinavian countries. "There is more of us compared to them" if you give it a thought, there should be more tax payers too right?

    Comment by Anonymous


    Where did you get that number? About 24% of USA population is under 18. Unemployment rate is about 6%. Do people pay taxes from their pension? If not, you can add about 13% (65+). That brings the number to 43%.

    In Finland, those numbers are 22%, 9%, 19%. And income from pension is taxable. Also, apparently there's ~38% more people getting pension than there are those who are over 65. Average pension is about 1500 euros, average pay is about 3100 euros.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Same size as the continent? Brazilians will surely disagree

    Comment by Anonymous

    47% of Americans pay no taxes? Why don't you put that number back up your ass where it came from?

    Comment by Anonymous


    Ahh but the problem is 47% of Americans do not pay anything in taxes. Is that true of the Scandinavian countries?

    The minute you bring up having everyone pay into the system, you get the bleeding hearts and their cries of the "oppressed poor."

    Comment by Anonymous

    Prison is about punishment, not rehabilitation lol. What a crock of liberal shit.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Love when people downvote the truth. Probably by the person who painted the prison pink.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:04 03/09/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    So many comments getting the downvotes they deserve. Justice has been served.

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