Back in the s and the s, publishers and professional associations issued guidelines for non-racist and non-sexist books. As a result, texts of the last twenty years are much improved. Unfortunately, they are far from bias-free. The following seven forms of bias can be found not only in K textbooks, but also in college texts, in the media — in fact, they are all around us.
Despite its technological advancement, Japan somehow manages to retain much of its historical character, in addition to blending in the overwhelming influences of the West.
The Japanese treatment of gender and gender relations has taken many turns over the last millennium, and manga and anime reflect those changes. Still, at the core of the culture lies certain fundamental beliefs that are proving difficult to change. Recently, too, there is growing controversy over gender roles in Japan.
An American friend recently complained bitterly over the pervasiveness of sadistic, heterosexual male-oriented Japanese pornography in Japan. She says that the message that women are sexual objects has become almost epidemic in Japanese culture, and that male chauvenism is everywhere.
Many career women in Japan seem to be so disgusted with things that they refuse to marry. And too many men are expected to sacrifice themselves to their jobs, to the point of having no family involvement.
I am not an expert in this topic; however, maybe I can provide some insight into Japanese culture and its reflection in manga, as well as some recent trends in manga. Historical and Modern Attitudes Historically, like almost every culture on the planet, Japan has tended toward idealizing male dominance and female submissiveness.
However, when Japan became war-oriented and feudal, women quickly became second-class citizens. Most women were treated as they have been treated throughout history: This is not to say men were free from societal chains; men in Japan are expected to conform to societal expectations, too, and males were expected to devote themselves to their tasks with great diligence and hard work.
Unlike in the West, however, some women, not just men, were trained as samurai and ninja, and they fought with the long, halberd-like naginata. Still, that some women were trained for combat at all is an insight into the Japanese attitude toward women. Women, though second-class, are important assets to a family.
Like any culture, most men and women come to care for each other, and a man heard deprecating women at the pub might be willing to risk his life for his wife. And that is one of the characteristic quirks of Japanese culture.
The macho ideal of a strong, cool male fits the Japanese ideal very closely. At home, some Japanese men tend to order their wives about.
An interesting exception to this, however, are many families with children. Some parents take to calling each other as "Mama" or "Papa" or "okaasan" and "otousan" ; hence, not only do the children refer to their mother as "mama" or "okaasan," but so does the father and vice versa.
This is extended further once the parents become grandparents, and they start calling each other "grandfather" or "grandmother," just as the newest generation does. At work, though, it is reported that women are the last to be hired and the first to be fired. There is still an expectation that a married woman will quit her job to stay at home.
Sexual harassment, though technically illegal, is apparently common at the workplace, and both men and women are expected to regard it as normal. In society in general, naked women are plastered here and there from subways to the TV set yes, even prime time TV.
As one American family in Japan put it, "At first the kids would stare at the TV set [because of the prevalence of female nudity], but after a while, they got used to it.
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