Broken Silence: Voices of Japanese Feminism by Aoki Yayoi,Ide Sachiko,Kanazumi Fumiko,Kora Rumiko,Matsui

By Aoki Yayoi,Ide Sachiko,Kanazumi Fumiko,Kora Rumiko,Matsui Yayori,Miya Yoshiko,Nakanishi Toyoko,Ochiai Keiko,Saito Chiyo,Sandra Buckley

Broken Silence brings jointly for the 1st time a lot of Japan's prime feminists, ladies who've been bucking the social mores of a patriarchal society for years yet who stay almost unknown outdoors Japan. whereas Japan is usually considered with out a major feminist presence, those interviews and essays display an important group of girls scuffling with for social change.

Sandra Buckley's dialogues with poets, newshounds, academics, activists, and businesswomen exemplify the range of jap feminism: we meet Kanazumi Fumiko, a attorney who assists girls in a criminal procedure that has lengthy discriminated opposed to them; Kora Rumiko, a poet who reclaims and redefines language to express her studies as a girl; Nakanishi Toyoko, founding father of the japanese Women's book place; and Ueno Chizuko, a professor who has tackled such matters as pornography and abortion reform either out and in of the academy.

These girls communicate to a number of issues—the politics of language, the therapy of ladies in drugs and legislation, the deeply entrenched position of ladies as moms and caregivers, the way forward for feminism in Japan, and the connection among eastern feminists and "western" feminisms. Broken Silence will do a lot to dispel Western stereotypes approximately eastern ladies and problem North American attitudes approximately feminism out of the country. With a timeline, word list, and entire record of feminist businesses, it is a lengthy past due assortment absolute to tell and excite all these drawn to feminism and Japan.

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