Vol. 8, p. 188. Yoshimune and Hisamichi
I know most of my readers are familiar with Yoshinaga Fumi’s Ôoku, but in case you’re new here or would like to recommend the manga to a friend, I wrote a guest post over on Have You Nerd? introducing the English-version of the manga.
In 1716, Tokugawa Yoshimune, the great-granddaughter of the first Tokugawa shogun, become shogun herself, despite being the third daughter of a branch family and having a low-ranking concubine as a father. During her reign as Shogun, Yoshimune enacted a number of reforms, though she maintained Japan’s closed-country status for fear of a foreign invasion if anyone learned that the country was actually run by women.
Not the version of Japanese history you learned in school? Then get thee to a purveyor of fine manga, for you have much to study.
Full article: “History Lessons from the Tokugawa Matriarchy: Ôoku: The Inner Chambers” on Have You Nerd?
If you’d like to read my more in-depth analyses of the Japanese version, check out my Ôoku category here on the blog or start here.
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I’m a few days late for Hina Matsuri (ひな祭り), celebrated on March 3, but trust me, there’s always time for dinosaur courtiers.
2014 is the third year in which the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum has commemorated Hina Matsuri with a display of dinosaurs playing the role of the Heian-period courtiers. Sources describe the dinosaurs as キモかわいい (気持ち悪い＋可愛い) – grotesquely cute. The Fukuiraptor is the Emperor Doll, and the Fukuisaurus is the Empress doll.
Interested? The display will be up until March 20, 2014!
「恐竜ひな人形披露、怖がる園児も 福井県立恐竜博物館で展示」福井新分。２０１４年２月１７日。“Dinosaur Hina Matsuri Display and Scared Kindergarteners at the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum.” Fukui Shimbun. 17 Feb. 2014.
キモカワ「恐竜ひな人形！？」／福井県立恐竜博物館。北陸物語。２０１３年３月３日。“Gross-Cute ‘Dinosaur Dolls’?!: Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum. Hokuriku Tales. 3 March 2013.
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“‘If these men face no consequences for their actions – indeed, if they are able to press charges against Roy for publicly addressing their comments – what are the students going to learn from this? They’ll learn that rape is a joke, that women can be terrorized into silence, and that it’s useless, maybe even dangerous, to speak up. Are these the lessons that we want our student leaders to be instilling in the heads of seventeen and eighteen year old kids?’”
Originally posted on Make Me a Sammich:
Trigger warning for discussion of rape and rape culture.
My friend Anne Thériault of The Belle Jarwrote a post a few days ago about an incident at University of Ottawa wherein several male members of student leadership gathered to chat about Anne Marie Roy, president of the Student Federation of the University of Ottawa. Ms. Roy had apparently beaten a dude for the office, and these dudes were not happy. They went on for several screens talking about how someone should “punish her with their shaft,” speculating about what venereal diseases she might have, and offering to buy beers for a guy who says he’s going to “fuck her in the ass” on someone’s desk. You’ll find the whole disgusting mess over on The Belle Jar. Here’s an excerpt from Anne’s article, which you should go read right now.
Someone punish her with their shaft. Someone punish her with…
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“This wall marks the path where, on March 30, 1942, two hundred and twenty-seven friends, neighbors, classmates, and coworkers left their homes, jobs, farms, businesses, and community [on Bainbridge Island]–their lives disrupted, their hopes and dreams torn apart.” – memorial plaque
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“Although this video may be challenging gender inequality, it does so at the expense of upholding racist ideologies about France’s Other.”
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The short film, “
” by French director Éléonore Pourriat is a powerful video showing a reversed reality: a society where women and men have traded places and experiences. The 10-minute film shows a day in the life of Pierre, who is a father and a husband, going about his day. From unwanted attention, to harassment, to assault, the film details his experiences with women (who are the harassers and the attackers). The film does an excellent job of revealing the sexism, threats, and attacks that women deal with everyday, and the absurdity of the responses they have to deal with in light of such experiences. One can see the tentativeness with which Pierre walks, the discomfort and shame he feels with the unwanted attention and harassment and the downright trauma of having been sexually assaulted. In brief, the film is able to visually capture what it’s like…
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In this gender reader: the gendered politics of skin-whitening creams; public bathing; bad reporting on the “sex strike”; Facebook genders; and more–and I even think we can get through this without a discussion of giri-choco!
Chanel’s Le Blanc (ルブラン) skin-whitening cream. Image via Chanel Japan.
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Happy Valentine’s Day! I hope you enjoy the final tragic episode of Ôoku: Tanjô, a.k.a. a preponderance of nope. This recap contains (major) spoilers for the drama and the manga. Episode 9 recap here; manga analysis here; Ôoku category (film, manga, and drama) here.
Aired Dec. 14, 2012 on TBS.
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