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Meet Japan’s Sch‌oo‌lg‌irl G‌‌an‌‌‌g‌s of the 70s That Became a Menace to Patriarchy

Nearly 50 years ago, Japan’s schoolgirl ga‌‌n‌‌gs known as the “sukeban” successfully defied the immaculate image of the Japanese sch‌oo‌l gi‌rl.

The subculture of sukeban (loosely translated as the slang “girlboss”) emerged in the late 1960s and persisted throughout the 70s in Japan. While the term itself mainly refers to the female g‌a‌n‌g leader of all-girl gangs, it has eventually become attributed to the massive movement itself that brought girls at the forefront at a time when men of the Ya‌ku‌za were also thriving.