whose pathetic excuse for a teaching career includes teaching a variety of
fluff courses on anime & "Japanese popular culture", in order lend weight to
the usual facile feminist critique of Japan as being a hellish nation were women
live in abject bondage as mere sexual objects.
In the two days since CNN.com posted the story on hentai games (specifically,
the “RapeLay” video game), there have been thousands of comments, more
than a million page views and many questions about how a culture can produce
this genre of games and then quietly allow the industry to thrive.
It is terribly easy to condemn Japan as a sexist and repressed culture with a
government that chooses to look the other way. Part of that would be true,
but the reason hentai continues to thrive in a country as progressive as Japan
is a complex cultural issue.
Kyle Cleveland, an associate professor of sociology at Temple University in
Japan, teaches a course called “Youth and Deviant Subcultures in Japan.”
Yes, there is enough material to fill an entire university level syllabus. Cleveland
explains that the outrage from critics is borne through the prism of their own
cultures, a Western sensibility with an entirely different cultural norm than what
exists in Japan.
“Japan is a patriarchal society. It has been historically and remains to this day,”
said Cleveland. “It’s no surprise that this is expressed in mass media and
pornography. The moral entrepreneurs that are scrutinizing Japan have both a
feminist history and cultural tradition that is simply not in play in Japan.”
According to the 2009 World Economic Forum Global Gender Gap report, Japan
ranked 101 out of 134 countries, called abysmally low by women’s groups
considering it is the world’s second largest economy.
“What you have in Japan is policymakers and politicians who are in some ways
blind to these issues because you have a relatively male-dominated, elderly
political class that was raised under a different set of gender norms and have
never acknowledged the feminist critiques that have become integrated in
American and Western consciousness. There are whole sets of non-issues that
are not raised for political debate in Japan, so they don’t filter into the
consciousness of most Japanese people,” said Cleveland.
But they are becoming issues in our borderless digital world. Japan’s Gender
Equality Bureau of the Cabinet Office told CNN that the government was aware
the international community is outraged by the games.
The national government is considering making possession of child pornography
illegal — currently it is not. But this possible change to the law is due to outside
pressure, not internal protest.
Cleveland says Japan has some of the most heinous examples of child pornography
in the world. “It’s a country that has been held to task by the U.N. for human
trafficking and exploitation of women.”
“Japan has ways of expressing sexuality that are practically indecipherable to a
Western sensibility but that are so normalized in Japan that the Japanese don’t
often understand or acknowledge the critiques that are made against them,”
Cleveland believes the international debate will pressure Japan to amend its laws,
making it harder for hentai games to be sold and distributed. He believes Japan
will not comply for moral reasons but because “it’s politically expedient.”
But he cautions those who are appalled to take a look within their own culture.
“What provokes people about Japan is the cultural distance which inclines people
to see Japan as exceptionally lurid or perverse simply because it expresses sexuality
in ways outside of Western norms. Japan is in some ways not that different than
other cultures, including the United States, which has its own gender problems that
are quite apparent.
"I" do agree that the Japanese are kinda perverts but what the heck! These perverts
made their country a culture sensation all over the globe!
PLUS! Young Justice
Cartoon "freaking" Network unveiled their one of the new show, introducing
DC Comics newest animation series "Young Justice." Here's a short description
on this new toon.
"In Young Justice, being a teenager means proving yourself over and over—to
peers, parents, teachers, mentors and, ultimately, to yourself. But what if you’re
not just a normal teenager? What if you’re a teenage super hero? Are you ready
to join the ranks of the great heroes and prove you’re worthy of the Justice League?
That’s exactly what the members of Young Justice—Robin, Aqualad, Kid Flash,
Superboy, Miss Martian and Artemis—will found out, whether they have what it
takes to be a proven hero.
This all-new series is produced by Warner Bros. Animation and based upon characters
from DC Comics. Sam Register (Teen Titans, Ben 10, Batman: The Brave and the Bold)
is the executive producer. Brandon Vietti (Batman: Under the Red Hood, Superman
Doomsday, The Batman) and Greg Weisman (Gargoyles, The Spectacular Spider-Man,
W.I.T.C.H.) are the producers."
No teaser animations has been released quiet yet but "I" hope this wont be too kiddy...
BONUS! WE ARE THE X-MEN!
Marvel teases us with a few images of the "Second coming". This time it looks like
some "outsiders" has decided to join the group of jovial mutants, but who? "I" think
Jubeilee has fangs? & is our web-head a mutant? Blade? Red She-Hulk? Guess we
will have to find out this coming July '10 huh.
FIGURES - coming to a store near you!
Parts for Play Art's Naked Snake
Yes! Mr.Edwin, its is for Revoltech