Occasionally, readers ask about ways they can better educate themselves about feminist theory, especially as it pertains to anime fandom and Japanese culture. Our staff has begun compiling a list of our recommended resources.
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Bad Girls of Japan edited by Laura Miller and Jan Bardsley
From folklore to history to present day, this book outlines women behaving badly and the gender politics they represent.
Feminism in Modern Japan by Vera Mackie
Published in 2003, this book is an account of Japanese feminism from the 19th century to the 21st.
Japanese Feminist Debates by Ayako Kano
This book unearths Japan’s feminist public sphere and the discussions its experts have about sex, gender, and more.
Queer Voices from Japan edited by Mark McLelland, Katsuhiko Suganuma, and James Welk
First person accounts from gay, lesbian, and transgender voices in Japan.
Yuricon Essays compiled by Erica Friedman
A leading expert on yuri has put together a collection of educational yuri articles, essays, and interviews from multiple authors.