Society for the Dissemination of Historical Fact


SDHF Newsletter No.351 “Comfort Women” All Signed Contracts of Agreement: Impact of the Ramseyer Article Series No. 10: Chapter 8: Jennie Suk Gersen’s Buck-Passing Rhetoric

In Chapter 7 the author demonstrated how Jennie Suk Gersen’s article slanders and libels Ramseyer and his paper. He provides a detailed analysis of the rhetoric she employs in this Chapter.

A look at criticism of Ramseyer’s work in Korean and other media reveals that “Seeking the True Story of the Comfort Women,” written by Suk Gersen for The New Yorker, receives the most frequent mention.

Suk Gersen’s essay consists of the following three components:

(1) Her own commentary on Ramseyer’s columns and articles.

(2) Comments by other researchers on Ramseyer’s work.

(3) Discussion of Japanese, U.S. and Korean government trends (not directly related to Ramseyer’s work); U.S. public opinion on the comfort-women issue.

Professor Arima used the character-count function to determine how much space Suk Gersen devoted to each of these components.

His conclusion is: approximately 8.8% for (1), 32% for (2) and 21.6% for (3). Suk Gersen quoted others about 3.8 more times than she used her own words, clearly divulging her rhetorical tactic.

At the heart of Gersen Suk’s argument is that when sex is mandatory, it cannot fairly be described as contractual if the party providing sex service is not given the option to refuse to provide said services or to withdraw from the contract. But by definition, a contract is mandatory in nature. Suk Gersen’s definition of “contract” is arbitrary and not commonly accepted.


MOTEKI Hiromichi, Chairman
Society for the Dissemination of Historical Fact