The Household Becomes Modern Life

Miriam Silverberg

in Erotic Grotesque Nonsense

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2007 | ISBN: 9780520222731
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520924628 | DOI:
The Household Becomes Modern Life

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In contrast to the state ideology positing a traditional woman within the family, the women's magazine Shufu no Tomo sided with an idea of a modern woman within a modern home. A reading of the journal today also reveals that by the 1920s, when the term Western had been displaced in the pages of Shufu no Tomo by exhortations to modernize made by bureaucrat and journalist alike, three types of articles stood out to challenge the official ideology pronounced by the state and taught in the schools. These were articles dedicated to choosing the ideal mate; those pointing to discord within the household; and pieces sending the modern Japanese woman out into the world. This chapter also examines the official version of the housewife's place in the family-state, relying on the extensive scholarship made available by Japanese scholars.

Keywords: Shufu no Tomo; modern Japanese woman; state ideology; household

Chapter.  16555 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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