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The Other Women's LibGender and Body in Japanese Women's Fiction$
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Julia C. Bullock

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780824833879

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824833879.001.0001

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Feminist Misogyny? or How I Learned to Hate My Body

Feminist Misogyny? or How I Learned to Hate My Body

(p.77) Chapter 3 Feminist Misogyny? or How I Learned to Hate My Body
The Other Women's Lib

Julia C. Bullock

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter examines three works of fiction in which women are induced to comply with normative femininity through a self-imposed abjection of their own bodies, underscoring the ways male chauvinism or misogyny is internalized and reproduced by the women themselves in the context of intimate relationships: “Bone Meat” (1969) by Kōno Taeko; “Like a Witch” (1964) by Kurahashi Yumiko; and “Castle of Bones” (1969) by Takahashi Takako. In these narratives, the protagonists learn to internalize the binary logic that aligns women with the inferior plane of the corporeal in contrast to men, who are envisioned as spiritually and intellectually superior. Rather than affirming this negative valuation of femininity, these stories expose and critique the way such misogynist “logic” works to trap women in an illogical and unjust double bind, whereby neither resistance nor compliance serves as an effective strategy for building a tenable feminine subjectivity.

Keywords:   women, femininity, abjection, chauvinism, misogyny, intimate relationships, Kōno Taeko, Kurahashi Yumiko, Takahashi Takako, feminine subjectivity

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