By Maurice Berger
This anthology takes us past the prestige of masculinity itself, wondering society's and the media's normative techniques of the masculine, and contemplating the level to which women and men can go beyond those stereotypes and prescriptions.
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Or perhaps any girl would react like this. The second movement: a study of girls’ culture Boys’ ﬁction versus girls’ ﬁction Between about 1925 and 1940 there was a huge growth in the popularity of ﬁction for boys and girls. The former was associated with the magazine Sho-nen kurabu (Boys’ Club). Its representative writers included Sato- Ko-roku, Yoshikawa Eiji, and Osaragi Jiro-. The emergence of writing for girls centered around the Sho-jo no tomo (Girls’ Friend) magazine and Yoshiya Nobuko.
This point is immediately evident in Kazumi Nagaike’s discussion in Chapter 7 of the male homosexual fantasies enjoyed by the young women protagonists of Matsuura Rieko’s The Reverse Version. In developing her argument, Nagaike draws on both Japanese scholarship and more global discourses such as feminist psychoanalysis to investigate how, by identifying with fantasies featuring boys and men engaged in same-sex erotic encounters, girl and women readers are able to reclaim sexual identities erased by social practice.
What did our enclosure protect? Girls today guard their paradise known as the girls’ comic. What ﬂowers bloom therein? Once I became an adult, it became clear to me that labels such as “vulgar, sentimental, lacking social awareness, stylistically superﬁcial, and having the The genealogy of hirahira 37 immature taste of a girl” had been used to condemn the garden of my youth. Accordingly, I pushed this garden into the darkness of the past. It seems that girls today are subject to the same negative scrutiny.