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In this gender reader: how to discuss nonbinary genders in Japanese, gross anime tropes, a shôjo manga release and a 20th anniversary, and more!

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Image: Chihiro from Spirited Away runs through the town as the spirits come out to go to the bathhouse

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Annihilation! Annihilation! Annihilation!

 

Back in 2015, I reviewed The Southern Reach Trilogy by Jeff VanderMeer. In the first novel, the twelfth expedition to Area X, which has been cut off from the rest of the continent for 30 years, is lead by a five-woman team: the biologist, the anthropologist, the surveyor, the psychologist, and the linguist. Their mission: avoid contamination and survey the mysterious area from the lighthouse to the camp to the tunnel. Or is it a tower?

 

Alex Garland will be directing the film adaption.

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GET OUT posterHappy Halloween, spooky readers! Feminist Halloween is back for our 4th annual review of horror media and Halloween culture. I didn’t watch as many new horror films this year because I wasn’t really interested in anything that came out (It, Mother!). I mean, we’re also living in a high-key political horror story right now but OKAY.

The one horror film I did see this year was Get Out, which is one of the most densely and well crafted films I’ve seen in a long time. 

[mildest spoilers, all major spoilers are in the links section]

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In this Gender Reader: reporting sexual assault in Japan; anti-chikan pins; capturing LGBTQI lives in photography; Japanese actresses discuss white-washing in Ghost in the Shell, and more:

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“Matsunaga crowdsourced designs for badges intended to deter men from groping schoolgirls” [Shiori Ito/Al Jazeera]

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After a long hiatus, Japan Gender Reader is back! We’ve got queer stats, queer ice skaters, Yayoi Kusama’s art coming to the US, and more:

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The installation, “Infinity Mirrored Room — Aftermath of Obliteration of Eternity” at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden . (Photo by Bill O’Leary/The Washington Post)

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The bimonthly Gender Reader will be back eventually, but for now, a slightly different reader focusing on the upcoming anniversary of Executive Order 9066, which gave the US military the authority to forcibly relocate more than 120,000 Japanese Americans during WWII. In this reader: Allegiance the musical is having an encore; Japanese Americans speak out against the “Muslim registry”; fighting revisionist history; a new book about Fred Korematsu; and more.

According to a comment on the Densho Facebook page, this is Kyoko Shima, who was incarcerated in the Rohwer Camp. Her sign reads “Locked up by U.S. Prez 1942-1946 / Never Again!”

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Content note: contains images of a racist and sexualized costumes.

Spirit Halloween always gets a mention on my Feminist Halloween series in the costume fail category because of their racist, sexist costumes. This year, when Spirit Halloween asked Zooey Roy, an Indigenous woman in Saskatoon, to leave after complaining about the Indigeneous-inspired (read: racist and appropriative) costumes the store stocks. Chris Kortright and the Saskatchewan Coalition Against Racism decided to take action by taping warning labels on the costumes:

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Image: Spirit Halloween adult costume with a low-cut beaded leather dress with fringe and a headband with three feathers and beading: “Reservation Royalty.” The package has a warning label on it (see below for text). Image via Facebook

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In this edition: Abe mansplains imperial inheritance law TO THE FREAKIN UNITED NATIONS, translating Ancillary Justice into Japanese, the importance of queer friendship, bi+ health month, and more!

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Access all areas: “People think I’m focused on LGBT issues, but I’m just treating them as people who want to get married,” says Takafumi Kawakami, the deputy abbot at Shunko-in. “I just want to celebrate them.” | J.J. O’DONOGHUE via Japan Times

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In this Gender Reader, the wage gap: international edition, masculinities in Chinese and Korean dramas, Ariana Miyamoto, and research on attitudes toward coming out in Japan.

[Image: Isetan ad featuring Italian Japanese model Saira Kunikida with text “This is Japan.”] Via Grits and Sushi.

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Update: sign the bilingual petition to Fuji TV to stop the performance on Change.org.

I’ve spent all weekend ranting about the Fifty Shades of Grey, but in the meantime, the Japanese band Rats & Star is planning a joint performance with idol group Momoiro Clover Z for Music Fair on March 7. Rats and Star plays Motown-inspired music–and performs in blackface; Momoiro Clover Z will be joining them, also in blackface. There are some images of this in the tweets embedded below.

Of course, there’s all the usual excuses used regarding cultural appropriation devoid of any sense of the history of minstrel shows in the US or race in Japan. I want to signal-boost some important links and tweets here. Content warning: links may contain images of blackface; racism, ignorance.

Major hat tip to Hiroko Tabuchi for re/tweeting many of these and calling out the performance.

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