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Contact MomentsThe Politics of Intercultural Desire in Japanese Male-Queer Cultures$
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Katsuhiko Suganuma

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9789888083701

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888083701.001.0001

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

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

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(p.37) Chapter 2 Under the Patriotic Gaze: The Emergence of Non-Normative Sexual Discourses in Post-War Japan
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Contact Moments
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Katsuhiko Suganuma

Siu-lun Wong

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Hong Kong University Press
DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888083701.003.0002

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

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