September 17th, 2005


Thanks to christeos_pir...


...for this must-see article about gender issues in Japan, specifically about a young woman politician who recently came out:

Fascinating stuff. Some otaku friends seem to believe Japan is a great deal more enlightened on these issues than, alas, it is today. You'd never know ancient Nihon historically had one of the first reasonably well-attested kick-ass women leaders (Himiko, ca. 175-248 EV), or a rich multigendered literature, either -- over many centuries* (and doesn't everyone know about Mishima?**). Still, the times they are a-changin'. :)

93 93/93 -- AJ

P.S. Then again, check her answer to the question about whether she opposes the institution of marriage...and picture any American politician, anywhere, anytime, saying that. (Okay, S.F. might be an exception. ;) )

P.P.S. haaaaapp-pyyyy salmasssssss!

* Not to mention the somewhat (though only somewhat) gender-bending Heian era, about which I wrote a lengthy article for the Scarlet Letter's upcoming "feminine" issue (likely, alas, to be postponed until later publication; as isomeme was at pains to point out, they need to focus more on local writers than Californicators. As quoth Monty Python, "Heee's right, you knowwww!" :D ).
** Have I plugged Paul Schrader's 1980s? film Mishima here? senryu and I finally saw it, and it utterly rawks. Kudos to his friends George Lucas and Francis Ford Coppola for saving it from an unseen death, at considerable personal expense. (And, yes, I know Mishima had rather a soft spot for Fascism, among other loopinesses. This makes you think the film would be less interesting? You kiddin?)



...this is AJ's repost day. :)

al_qhadhulu posts this from _greg, who saw it on a sign at The Burn:

Don't worry about the demons that keep you awake at night...
It's the demons that keep you asleep during the day that are the problem.

Just waaaaaay too good not to pass along. :0

93 93/93 -- AJ