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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Intersectional Feminism


Hood Feminism by Mikki Kendall

An overview of intersectional feminism, particularly as it relates to gender, race, and class.

Japanese Feminism


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.


Queerying Japan

A conference held at the Heinrich-Heine University Düsseldorf in July 2018 discussing current queer issues 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.