Womansword: What Japanese Words Say about Women

By Kittredge Cherry

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Womansword is an insightful examine jap phrases relating girls and what they exhibit in regards to the prestige of ladies in glossy Japan. In a suite of brief, energetic essays, writer Kittredge Cherry considers the connotations, utilization, and context of numerous hundred universal phrases and words with regards to lady identification, girlhood, marriage, mothering, operating, intercourse, and getting older. those jap phrases supply a brand new standpoint on concerns which are primary to the lives of girls everywhere.

We research, for example, that an "intruder wife" is person who snags a husband via cooking for him each evening, cleansing up for him, and usually coddling him until he realizes he can't dwell with out her (but who shall we him do the particular proposing); that Barbie didn't promote good in Japan until eventually she was once reworked right into a cuter, shorter, much less glamorous, more youthful model; that households without sons to hold at the relatives identify occasionally "adopt" one by way of marrying their daughter to a guy who is of the same opinion to take their identify, subscribe to their loved ones, and customarily adapt to their methods; that "honorable bag" (ofukuro) is an affectionate time period a son could use to refer informally to his mom; and that folks don't frequently greet shut relations - even after an extended separation - with a hug, yet with a bow.

Womansword is a thought-provoking ebook that paints a bright photograph of latest jap ladies, in all their layered and infrequently contradictory roles.

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