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Japanese Feminist DebatesA Century of Contention on Sex, Love, and Labor$
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Ayako Kano

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780824855802

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824855802.001.0001

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Possible Futures and Happiness

Possible Futures and Happiness

(p.173) Epilogue Possible Futures and Happiness
Japanese Feminist Debates

Ayako Kano

University of Hawai'i Press

The Epilogue returns to the court case, and asks what constitutes happiness in women’s lives in Japan today. It describes the trends in political and intellectual discussions of gender, and precarity in recent years, especially in the wake of the triple disasters of the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear accident of 2011. It shows how the emergence of a discourse of masculinity such as the “weak male,” the “herbivorous male,” and the emphasis on economic disparity has functioned to mask the problem of increasing female poverty. It argues that the shift of academic attention from gender to class is problematic. The chapter makes a series of concrete proposals for boosting gender equality as it considers directions for possible futures for feminism in Japan, ending with reflections on what it means for women and men to be able to hope for the future in a neoliberal society.

Keywords:   Japan, feminism, women, men, gender, masculinity, “herbivorous male”, earthquake, nuclear, class

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