Age is no excuse for casual sexist remarks

The head of Tokyo’s Olympic organizing committee Yoshiro Mori gave as his reason for opposing naming more women directors that “women talk too much”.

The remarks set off a firestorm of protest and Mr Mori apologised at the time but said he would not resign.

But on Friday he apologised for his “inappropriate statement”.

“What is important is to hold the Olympics from July. It must not be the case that my presence becomes an obstacle to that,” he said at a special committee meeting on Friday, where he also announced his resignation.

The committee board currently has 24 members, five of whom are women. In 2019, the committee – which is responsible for selecting Japanese Olympians – set itself a goal of increasing the number of female board directors to 40%.

“If we increase the number of female board members, we have to make sure their speaking time is restricted somewhat, they have difficulty finishing, which is annoying,” Mr Mori was quoted as saying.

“We have about seven women at the organising committee, but everyone understands their place.”

Even his family seems to think that he is an idiot.

He told Japan’s Mainichi newspaper that female family members had also lambasted him after his comments.

“Last night, my wife gave me a thorough scolding. She said: ‘You’ve said something bad again, haven’t you? I’m going to have to suffer again because you’ve antagonised women’,” he said.

“This morning, my daughter and granddaughter scolded me as well,” the paper quoted him as saying.

There was a time when older people who made idiotic statements like this were given some slack, that they were stuck in the past and did not realize that times have changed. That excuse is no longer put forward.


  1. blf says

    Mano, There is a missing or misplaced closing </a> tag. The link to the BBC still works, but perhaps the borked HTML should be corrected?

    [Thanks. I corrected it -- MS]

  2. says

    IOC = Ignorant Old Clods

    This isn’t shocking, the IOC and its cronies have long been as sexist as they are racist. Women’s ski jumping didn’t become a winter olympic sport until 2014 because (I’m not kidding) the IOC and FIS believed jumping could damage women’s ability to get pregnant and have babies. They’re not just patronizing, they believe pseudoscientific bunk. More likely, they worried that women could jump as far as the men and compete directly.

    Pardon more correction, but it says at the top “Tokyos’s”. Mano must be editing on a phone, as I am.

    [I corrected it. Thanks. -- Mano]

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