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Transgressions of the Everyday: Stories of Mother-Son Incest in Japanese Popular Culture

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/9780520219908.003.0006
Transgressions of the Everyday: Stories of Mother-Son Incest in Japanese Popular Culture

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This chapter looks at a host of stories about mother–son incest that were faddish in a spectrum of the mass media in the late 1970s and early 1980s. In all, the elements of the narrative were so consistent as to form a mythic pattern. Boys, at the point of studying for entrance exams, become sexually distracted, which prompts their mothers, all following the model of the good “education mother,” to assist them with sex. Except for the incest, all of these stories are realistic in the normative sense of children and mothers forming a labor team to study for exams. Mother–son incest stories are no longer so popular, and studies indicate that married women, although still sexually frustrated in marriage, are increasingly likely to seek out an extramarital affair.

Keywords: incest; mother–son incest; sex; entrance exams; Japan; fantasy

Chapter.  11078 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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