Thursday, Jul 12, 2012, 10:16:40

"I'm going to be something!" said the eldest of five brothers.

Yonjuzuri sensei at Tempel University alias Jeff Kingston reminds us in his latest Japan Times observations (Sexual policies and politics during the occupation of Japan) of the youngest of the five brothers in H.C. Andersen's story "Something".

"I see clearly that none of you will ever really be anything worth notice. In every action something imperfect may be discovered, something not right, which I shall make it my business to find out and expose; that will be something, I fancy." And he kept his word, and became a critic. People said of this fifth brother, "There is something very precise about him; he has a good head-piece, but he does nothing." And on that very account they thought he must be something.

It is elementary that being employed by a Christian-American Sunday school turned University, demands a good deal of self-censorship and puritan-white face saving, especially when it comes to discussing the moral-sexual collision of ancient liberal gender-equal, natural Japan and the sex-starved erotic-guild-ridden Virgin Mary obsessed American occupation. Jeff Kingston recommending two books on the topic, one by Sarah Kovner and one by Mark McClelland, is navigating the explosive minefield of the subject of American sexual racism and christian hypocrisy with a crucifix as compass.

Both books carefully avoid various unpleasant facts on the subject and contain actual misinformation and US-occupation window dressing.

E.G.: "The press, no longer constrained by wartime strictures,"
Actually American occupational censorship was much stricter the the Japanese was during the war.

"Ironically, "it became much easier to talk about sex in the Japanese media in the late 1940s than it was in the United States." But sexual liberation was highly asymmetrical, meaning what was good for men was not necessarily advantageous for women. " In fact it was always easier and much freer to talk about and illustrate sex in Japan already in old Edo, as well as artistically supreme in the ukiyo-e world. As for sexual liberation, Japanese women were already liberated in The Heian period (平安時代, Heian jidai) 794 to 1185.

"Kovner points out that tolerance toward prostitution as a "necessary evil" did not extend to those who served American servicemen. She argues that the moral posturing over prostitution ignored the fact that a majority of sex workers needed the money and had few options." Since rape of Japanese women by US servicemen, was a common practice during the first years of the occupation and any news-reports of these crimes were strictly censored, many pragmatic girls concluded that they might as well get paid for it in dollars.

"The new constitution written by the U.S. occupiers promoted democracy and women's rights, and was a key factor in bolstering various groups advocating a legal ban on prostitution. Kovner's detailed analysis of this movement and the politics of prostitution is illuminating, explaining how sex industry bribery of Diet members facilitated crucial compromises ensuring that outlawing sex work in 1956 had limited practical impact. Kovner also draws our gaze to the unintended consequences of efforts to ban prostitution, arguing that it has made it harder for women to organize against abuses, an ongoing problem in contemporary Japan."

The claim of "sex industry bribery of Diet members" limited the effect of outlawing sex work and "has made it harder for women to organize against abuses, an ongoing problem in contemporary Japan" is ridiculous.

We think that all Gaijin-Gringo "japan-sex experts" should go and visit the slums of major American cities or the afro-arab-refugee ghettos of London, Paris, Milano, Barcelona, where drug-addicted girls and boys are offering their oral services in dirty backyards and stinking alleys for a few dollars or euros.

Maybe Jeff Kingston kun could become a christian-contemporary-sex tour guide and report on how many christians there are among the customers.

By Gabor Fabricius

 

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