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This book is the first academic exploration of contemporary lesbian sexuality in Japan and opens up a more inclusive representation of cultural and sexual diversity across women's studies and Japanese studies.
Lesbian Sexuality has remained largely ignored in Japan despite increasing exposure of disadvantaged minority groups, including gay men. This book is the first comprehensive academic exploration of contemporary lesbian sexuality in Japanese society. The author employs an interdisciplinary approach and this book will be of great value to those working or interested in the areas of Japanese, lesbian and gender studies as well as Japanese history, anthropology and cultural studies.
Introduction: The Mirror Cracks Part I:Inside/Outside Circles of Silence Section 1: A Different Conversation Section 2: Lesbian (in)visability in Japan: past and present 2. Marking the 'lesbian' in Japanese society 3. Per-forming Bodies 4. What's in a Family? 5. Female Friendship: japanese lesbian culture(s) and communities Part II: Inside - Outside Circles of Silence Appendix A