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The district is also the source of most Japanese gay male media, including gay magazines, pornographic videos and online dating agencies. The ikanimo-kei is an identity category which is fiercely linked to normative images of youth and heteronormative masculinity, including highly gym-trained bodies, constant late night partying and a carefree attitude to gay relationships which prioritises casual sex and an apolitical attitude.

The images of youth presented in Japanese gay media are naturally highly idealised and draw upon stereotypes of young male youth culture which circulate throughout the global gay community. During my fieldwork, I became increasingly interested in how Japanese gay men of all age groups negotiate the fetishisation of youth and the promotion of the ikanimo-kei as the ideal, most desirable Type.

Sunagawa Japan has been in recession for the past 20 years, and life is precarious for young men and women, with many lacking full time employment and access to steady income Driscoll, Through my PhD project I hope to continue to elucidate these issues and to determine how Japanese gay men negotiate the complicated system of Typing in order to construct their various identities. Driscoll, Mark.

McLelland, Mark Male homosexuality in modern Japan: Cultural myths and social realities. Moriyama, Noritaka Suganuma, K. Ways of speaking about queer space in Tokyo: Disorientated knowledge and counter-public space.

Japanese Studies, 31 3 , Sunagawa, H. Sekushuaritii no saiteigi ni mukete Towards the redefinition of sexuality. Very interesting research Thomas. Thanks for sharing your work! Thank you for your questions Dr Zevallos. Both of your questions allow me to expand a little bit more on Typing as it is understood by young gay men in Japan. I would never suggest that political activism, especially LGBTQIA activism, is not visible in Japan quite the contrary, many young gay men and women are becoming increasingly politicised and seeking for greater rights for same-sex couples etc.

I would also point out here that Latino and Black ethnicities, as well as South and Central Asian, are rather invisible. I am in the process of drafting a paper on this, and will be presenting aspects of it at the International Convention of Asian Scholars in Adelaide this July. I hope this has at least partially answered your questions. Please feel free to get in touch with me if you have any more questions or comments!

Hi Thomas. Thanks very much for this rich information! I wonder whether countercultural movements in Japanese cities have different constructions and expressions of desire. Would gay activists find the ikanimo-kei ideal desirable? Do they have different icons of desire?

Just wondering aloud! Robinson finds that the desire for a long-term relationship was the norm, but he notes this is likely the outcome of being middle class and having less social pressures than working class men. I understand your research is focused on urban constructions of the ikanimo-kei identity, not on relationships per se, but I also wonder about how these constructions of desire impact on long-term relationship norms.

Good luck at the conference and your PhD! It would be interesting to see some comparisons to gay ghettos in other cities. I would expect age-related marketing and social discrimination to be fairly common, yet manifest in distinctive ways. The example I gave in this post is somewhat atypical: a large circuit party in a large club. Thus, a small bar which focuses on attracting ikanimo-kei youth would make an older man very uncomfortable as they would, say, a chubby man or a working class gentleman etc.

There are some spaces in Ni-chome, such as the gay community centre called akta, which are involved in HIV awareness raising and mentoring of young gay men. Indeed, on their media we can see a totally different discourse of desirability being promoted which focusses less on physical appearance and more on participation in gay community and activist projects.

As for generational change, I have only really focussed on speaking with men in their 20s, and although I have also conducted a little fieldwork quoted above with men in older age brackets, I am once again not able to say anything conclusive. I think the major difference is that older men tend to think more about relationships and the future, whereas younger men tend to be more interested in having a good time this is hardly a new finding though!

I think its definitely something I want to look into further. As for my work on race- I am most certainly planning to publish and am preparing a paper as we speak! Thank you for the additional info, Thomas! Please follow me on academia. By Dr Zuleyka Zevallos. Pingback: Negotiating the fetishisation of youth in the gay male media of Japan Thomas Baudinette.

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