“Is diversity an enrichment of society? What do you think about picture books being read aloud by drag queens?” Surfvote voting results
The most common response was “Agree: It’s a useful thing that promotes diversity and inclusion. It’s a valuable opportunity for children to be exposed to different ways of living and expressing themselves.” (55.6%). 22.2% took a neutral position, and 14.8% opposed.
Polimill Co., Ltd. (Polimill, Headquarters: Minato-ku, Tokyo, Representative Director: Eri Yokota, hereinafter referred to as Polimill), an ICT startup that supports the discovery and resolution of social issues using SNS and technology, has launched Surfvote, a social design platform operated and developed by our company. From July 1st to August 31st, 2023, users will be asked to vote on the issue “Is diversity an enrichment of society? What do you think about picture books being read aloud by drag queens?” We would like to inform you of the results.
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Issue: Does diversity enrich society? What do you think about picture books being read aloud by drag queens?
Background to the issue: A drag queen is a type of performer who dances and lip-syncs while dressed as a woman, wearing flashy makeup and sparkling dresses. On Sunday, July 23, 2023 at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (MOT), Drag Queen Story Hour will be held where drag queens will read picture books to children aged 3 to 8. , I voted on Surfvote. Research subject: Social design platform Surfvote (web service)
Survey method: Users with accounts on Surfvote vote
Survey target: Users with accounts on Surfvote
Voting period: July 1, 2023 to August 31, 2023
Number of valid votes: 54 votes
Pro: Something beneficial that promotes diversity and inclusion. A valuable opportunity for children to experience different ways of living and expressing themselves. 55.6%
Opposition: It is not an appropriate method of educating children. Issues of sex and sexuality should be discussed at a more mature age. 14.8%
Neutral: I don’t have a firm opinion, but promoting discussion and understanding is important. 22.2%
Detailed information required: I would like to form an opinion after being provided with detailed information (purpose, activities, monitoring system, etc.). 3.7%
Other: Have other points of view or opinions. (Please tell me in the comments) 1.9%
Don’t know 1.9%
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Introduction of comments for each option (some excerpts, options without comments are not published, original text)
Pro: Something beneficial that promotes diversity and inclusion. A valuable opportunity for children to experience different ways of living and expressing themselves.
This is because society’s role is to provide children with a variety of opportunities. (24 votes)
Opposition: It is not an appropriate method of educating children. Issues of sex and sexuality should be discussed at a more mature age. Advanced = children should not be exposed to it because it is unclear whether it is correct or useful. An idea that only a few people make a fuss about is not progress. Let’s remember the many problems caused by communism and think about how to respond to the forces telling us to go vegan now. Only after several decades, when many adults have come to consider it important, can we consider how to give it to children. (17 votes)
Neutral: I don’t have a firm opinion, but promoting discussion and understanding is important.
As you can see from the comments section, some people are interested in this topic, while others are a kind of indifferent (passive acceptance). From the perspective of respecting the freedom of others, indifference can also be seen as an attitude of respecting freedom and diversity. On the other hand, there is also the perspective that remaining indifferent to specific social issues and the voices of minorities may perpetuate inequality and discrimination. (22 votes) Read the full text of this comment here
Other: Have other points of view or opinions. (Please tell me in the comments) There are things in the world that I agree with, and there are also things that I don’t, so I don’t think there’s a need to react and ask for approval or disapproval. I think it’s uncouth to impose your opinions on other people’s hobbies. I don’t necessarily agree with these kinds of activities, but I think that if there are people who have this kind of orientation or support them, then that’s fine. I don’t feel the need to invade and deny the freedom of others, and on the other hand, I think it would be annoying if someone invaded my own freedom, so I think it would be better not to interfere. (19 votes) Click here for the full text of this comment
What is Surfvote?
The SNS “Surfvote” provided by our company is a service that raises various issues in society and allows anyone to easily vote their opinion on them. At Surfvote, you can vote for your opinion from multiple options for each theme (issue) called “issue”. You can also view and rate (like) other users’ comments. Issues are published with the help of not only our editorial department, but also university professors and experts in various fields. Voting results are submitted and reported to relevant ministries and agencies and politicians as appropriate, depending on the content of the issue.
Polimill Co., Ltd.
Polimill Co., Ltd. is an ICT startup company that operates and develops the social design platform Surfvote. Surfvote is a service that specializes in social issues and problems, allowing users to not only vote their own opinions on any topic, but also listen to the opinions of other users. The local government version of Surfvote is also being expanded and will work with local governments to encourage residents to create livable cities. Using SNS and technology, we will create a society in which everyone can participate in rule-making and can flexibly and speedily reform systems in line with changes in values and advances in technology. https://polimill.jp
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