Association for Asian Studiesでのパネル概要

3月末にシカゴのダウンタウンのSheraton Hotelで開催される、 Association for Asian Studies年次学会に当研究会の荻上チキ、小山エミ、斉藤正美、山口智美が参加します。

“Gender-Free” Backlash on the Internet and Beyond: National Politics and Feminism in the 21st Century Japanというタイトルのパネルで、日本で起きた「ジェンダーフリー論争」について、インターネット、そしてそれを超えたリアルの場に視野をおき、学際的に検討するというものです。


SESSION 188. Mar 28 (Sat) 2:45 P.M.–4:45 P.M.
Michigan B, Level 2
Gender-free Backlash on the Internet and Beyond: National Politics and Feminism in 21st Century Japan

Chaired by Kazuo Yamaguchi, University of Chicago

(Un)making Sense of “Gender-free” and “Backlash”
Tomomi Yamaguchi, Montana State University

Freedom from What? Definitions of “Gender” in the Gender-free Controversy
Lauren Kocher, Independent Scholar

Interrupting the “Gender-free” Backlash on the Internet: Political Implication of “Sociality of Connectedness” in Japanese Cyberspace
Chiki Ogiue, Independent Scholar

Convergence of Xenophobic Uprising and Feminism Online: Japanese Internet Users’ Responses to Mainichi Shimbun’s Denigrating Depictions of Japanese Women and Girls
Emi Koyama, Independent Scholar

Gender Equality Measures and the Politics of Implementation at the Local Level
Masami Saito, Toyama University

Discussant: Kazuo Yamaguchi, University of Chicago

“Gender-Free” Backlash on the Internet and Beyond: National Politics and
Feminism in the 21st Century Japan

This interdisciplinary panel brings together scholars, activists, and bloggers from
anthropology, sociology, media studies, gender studies, and others to examine the
aftershocks of the “gender-free” controversy that arose in Japan in around 2000, in which
the term quickly became a focal point in the backlash against feminism. In our discussion
of the controversy, we deal with not only scholarly debates and political processes, but
the debate over feminism in 2 channel message board and other online forums, whose
influence permeated beyond the internet to impact broader public discourse. Our panelists
have themselves made important contributions to this controversy in this way.
First, Tomomi Yamaguchi situates the term by giving a general overview of the
mainstreaming of feminism and the conservative backlash against it since 1995. Kocher
then focuses on various definitions of “gender-free,” examining how the term “gender”
was introduced and utilized in Japan. Ogiue discusses the political impact of the shortterm
flourishing of anti-feminist discourse on the internet. Koyama investigates the more
recent controversy surrounding Mainichi Daily News’ online content, which was
considered damaging to the reputation of Japanese women and girls. Saito focuses on
gender equality issues in the regional women’s center of Toyama Prefecture, and offers a
snapshot of the way local politics intersects with national policies and online debates.
Finally, our discussant, sociologist Kazuo Yamaguchi, offers his insights as a scholar
involved in national-level policy making on gender equality, and also as an active voice
in Japanese online discussion on gender issues.

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