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Part 4: Gender Trouble and Phantom Femininities

In the final thematic section of our essay, we’re going to move on to some of the more serious issues surrounding cross-dressing, specifically those involving social consequences and identity construction. We’ll begin by focusing on men who habitually crossdress as women before focusing on queer and transgender issues in manga involving characters cross-dressing against sex instead of gender. Part 3 here.

Content warning: this section contains discussions of transphobia, transmisogyny, and sexism. 

 

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Doctor Heteronormative would be a BITCHIN name for the main villain dude.

-Jeph Jacques

With all the talk of herbivore men, pushy women, and linguistic gender-screwups in the air lately, the summer-fall season of Japanese dramas has been surprisingly supportive of non-conformity to the heteronormative cultural expressions of gender.* In particular, I’ve been really impressed with「派遣のオスカル」Haken no Oscar, which translates to something like Lady Oscar Works Temp or Lady Oscar, Temp Worker, and 「オトメン 乙男」Otomen, which doesn’t really translate so well (more on this later).

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