1st Edition

Permitted And Prohibited Desires
Mothers, Comics, And Censorship In Japan

ISBN 9780367298098
Published May 31, 2021 by Routledge
240 Pages

USD $49.95

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Book Description

Erect-nippled, cartoonish breasts floating, like clouds, across a children’s television program; sexually explicit scenes of rape and brutality mainstreamed in mass-marketed, highly accessible comic books for both children and adults; food in children’s lunch boxes meticulously sculpted to look like Zen monks (hard-boiled egg) or octopuses (wieners

Table of Contents

Introduction -- Different Differences: Place and Sex in Anthropology, Feminism, and Cultural Studies -- A Male Gaze in Japanese Children’s Cartoons, or, Are Naked Female Bodies Always Sexual? -- Cartooning Erotics: Japanese Ero Manga -- Japanese Mothers and obentōs: The Lunch Box as Ideological State Apparatus -- Producing Mothers -- Transgressions of the Everyday: Stories of Mother-Son Incest in Japanese Popular Culture -- Pubic Veilings and Public Surveillance: Obscenity Laws and Obscene Fantasies in Japan

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Anne Allison teaches anthropology at Duke University and now lives in Durham, North Carolina.