The Pink Samurai: The Pursuit and Politics of Sex in Japan (英語) ハードカバー – 1991/5/9
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A history of Japanese sexual mores and a survey of modern Japanese love, marriage and family life. The author explores the subject starting with creation myths and ending with present-day love hotels, soap ladies, porn videos and sex shows. He discusses the Japanese attitude to bringing up children, marriage, work and alcohol. What emerges is a race refeshingly guilt-free about sex, but at the same time mother-fixated, voyeuristic, obsessed with the female genitalia and whose national pastime is peering beneath skirts. --このテキストは、絶版本またはこのタイトルには設定されていない版型に関連付けられています。
To the Western mind, the Japanese attitude toward sex is at once bizarrely structured yet refreshingly frank. In a land where marriages can still be arranged and a woman¹s place is most definitely in the home, love hotels dot the landscape and late-night television is brazenly risqué by Western standards. Censorship is perverse: no pubic hair may be shown, yet violent porno-comics featuring gang-rape and mutilation are openly read on the train. Homosexuality has a long, venerable history of tolerance, but an office worker gay or not will forgo promotion if he doesn¹t marry. These are just some of the paradoxes explored in this provocative book. Written nearly a decade ago, but still timely, this is an eye-opening examination of Japanese love, marriage, and eroticism.
The fact is, sexuality is seen differently in the different cultures. Using this book to study the wonderful diversity of people on this planet is great; but using this book as a travel guide when going to Japan might gain the wielder a bit of disappointment. This book covers quite a few areas of Japanese social life.
Keep in mind, though, that this book is starting to get a bit out of date. However, it's still fun to read as long as you don't take everything seriously.
Bornoff's discussion of modern Japan seems oddly dated, perhaps domonstrating how quickly things change in the ten years since the book was written. One also gets the impression that much of the 'research' for Pink Samurai must have been done as long ago as the 1970's. The porn stars who are seriously discussed as icons for contemporary erotic mores have long since vanished into obscurity, as have all of the TV programs mentioned. The book is also light on its handling of Japan's serious problems with school-girl prostitution & child pornography. Already prevalent in the 1980's, by the late 1990's things were so out of hand that new legislation penalizing the practices was finally introduced, though the 'cult' has still not died out. From the scant page or two the subject merits in Pink Samurai, it is clear that Bornoff's interests lie elsewhere - probably the 'strip' theatres which get far more attention than their minor presence in the fabric of modern Japan would seem to warrant.
This book would benefit from a thorough updating.