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Under the Patriotic Gaze: The Emergence of Non-Normative Sexual Discourses in Post-War Japan

Katsuhiko Suganuma and Siu-lun Wong

in Contact Moments

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9789888083701
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9789882209053 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789888083701.003.0002
Under the Patriotic Gaze: The Emergence of Non-Normative Sexual Discourses in Post-War Japan

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Chapter 2 analyses the ways in which male writers of perverse magazines attempted to reestablish their masculine pride by transposing their own sense of struggle at being defeated by the powerful West, onto other Japanese non-normative sexual customs that had close contact with the West, namely female and male prostitution for the occupation forces. It argues that the discourses concerning those non-normative sexual customs were pivotal to the (re)constitution of Japanese hetero-normative masculine self-esteem in relation to the West. In effect, the chapter attests to the dual nature of the perverse magazines; their twin functions of subverting as well as reaffirming gender and sexual norms in early post-war Japan.

Keywords: perverse magazines; post-war; misogyny; homosocial

Chapter.  14149 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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