Cartooning Erotics: Japanese Ero Manga

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:
Cartooning Erotics: Japanese Ero Manga

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This chapter focuses on ero manga (erotic comics for men), with their dominant tropes of sadomasochism, macho dominance, analism, and deferral from genital copulation, read in terms of the consumptive patterns by which manga are engaged. It suggests that part of the fantasy at work here is positioning readers in relations of voyeurism, fetishization, and consumption which permit but also contain the illusion of escape that is being fostered. That the stories highlight violence in ways which continually allow the violator to remove himself from the softly rounded body of a female is also read as a desire to extract oneself from mothering, both real and metaphoric.

Keywords: ero manga; erotics; popular culture; fantasy work; fetish; sexual storytelling; Japan

Chapter.  11661 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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