Permitted and Prohibited Desires: Mothers, Comics, and Censorship in Japan

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Westview Press, 1996 - Social Science - 225 pages
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Erect-nippled, cartoonish breasts floating, like clouds, across a children's television program; sexually explicit scenes of rape and brutality mainstreamed in mass-marketed, highly accessible comic books for both children and adults; food in children's lunch boxes meticulously sculpted to look like Zen monks (hard-boiled eggs) or octupuses (wieners); everyday stories of mother-son incest; and, in the face of rampant pornography, the incongruence of obscenity laws prohibiting the visibility of pubic hair in public media - this book provides a thoughtful analysis of the varied culture of sex and sexuality, power relations, and gender dynamics in contemporary Japan.

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Anne Allison teaches anthropology at Duke University.

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