Feminism and Japanese literature
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Feminism and Japanese literature book
Takemura Kazuko (1954-2011), one of Japan’s great contemporary literary critics, regarded feminism as a means to challenge the social ‘economy of sexual repression’ by ‘critically foreground[ing] the concept of woman’ and ‘by unravelling the discursive network around [this term] which represses not only women but also men, and not only queers but also straights’ (2010: 18).1 In other words, feminism opens possibilities for all individuals, whether men or women, by critiquing and seeking to dismantle the heteronormativity that structures much of Japanese society. Takemura’s words are a reminder that feminism is not merely about the emancipation of women; rather, it is a movement designed to create a society that is more just, compassionate and humane for all.