Womansword: what Japanese words say about women

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Kodansha International, 1987 - Social Science - 151 pages
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Explains the meaning of Japanese words related to female identity, girlhood, married life, motherhood, work, sexuality, and aging, and discusses what these words reveal about their attitude towards women

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Review: Womansword: What Japanese Words Say about Women

User Review  - Nicky - Goodreads

A decent look at linguistic, cultural and traditional ties in words used to describe women and their lives. Unfortunately, much of it is outdated now, but for someone looking for insight into the modern evolution of female language in Japan it does its job. Read full review

Review: Womansword: What Japanese Words Say about Women

User Review  - Melina - Goodreads

This was pretty cool. I read this in college. The book dissects the way Japanese words are written and gives you a short essay on each one. One of the more obvious examples is the Japanese word for ... Read full review


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About the author (1987)

KITTREDGE CHERRY has written for Newsweek, the Wall Street Journal, and Mother Jones. A graduate of the University of Iowa, she worked as a newspaper reporter in Illinois before going to Japan on a Rotary Foundation Journalism scholarship in 1982. She has worked for many years in the communications
JANET ASHBY is a freelance writer and translator who has lived in Japan since 1975. She has written a column in the Japan Times for several years on Japanese books and has a particular interest in Japanese popular culture.

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