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A Male Gaze in Japanese Children's Cartoons, or, Are Naked Female Bodies Always Sexual?

Anne Allison

in Permitted and Prohibited Desires

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2000 | ISBN: 9780520219908
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520923447 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520219908.003.0002
A Male Gaze in Japanese Children's Cartoons, or, Are Naked Female Bodies Always Sexual?

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This chapter examines sexual motifs in the mass culture of manga (comics) and anime (animation), looking at a form of male gazing targeted at children. The look is fashioned as coming from male watchers, and its objects are females who are either naked or eroticized at particular erotogenic zones (breasts, genitals, buttocks). Mothers spoken to find this form of presentation relatively harmless and view it as an acceptable forum for escapist leisure that takes children away from the hard work which otherwise consumes their lives. The chapter examines two aspects of this image: its location within a genre explicitly intended for children and its structure of a look at fetishized female bodies by male viewers whose gaze is illicit, coercive, and voyeuristic.

Keywords: Japan; sex industry; manga; anime; male gazing; sexual motif; breasts; peepshot

Chapter.  9987 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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