Homosexuality and Manliness in Postwar Japan

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-11-09
  • Publisher: Routledge
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This book examines the history of the relationship between male homosexuality and conceptions of manliness in postwar Japan. It provides a detailed account of the formative years of the homo magazine genre in the 1970s, and explores its evolution in subsequent years, analyzing key issues including homophobia; gay liberation; male-male sex, love and friendship; the masculine body; and manly identity.

Table of Contents

List of illustrationsp. viii
Acknowledgementsp. ix
Note on Japanese names and translationp. x
Introductionp. 1
Producing homop. 25
Homo 'movings': Rentaikan and Shiminkenp. 43
White dreams: the coming and going of porn Americanap. 94
Confessions: the buntsuran and the bodyp. 135
Eroto-morphemic revolutions of the everydayp. 149
Age differentiation and the redemption of menp. 184
Conclusion: modernity and the contradictions of certaintyp. 213
Notesp. 219
Bibliographyp. 240
Indexp. 255
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