By James Roberson

This booklet is the 1st complete account of the altering function of fellows and the development of masculinity in modern Japan. The publication strikes past the stereotype of the japanese white-collar businessman to discover the variety of identities and stories that could be stumbled on between males in modern Japan, together with these models of masculinity that are marginalized and subversive. The booklet makes an important contribution to our realizing of up to date jap society and identification.

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Thinking what to do about it, I decided to erase my masculinity (danseisei ) . . The breasts are a premium. It was enough that by injecting female hormones my sexual desire dissipated. : 42) Different from Tsutamori, who stresses that he is neither male nor female, Shimada sees himself as both male and female. At times he wishes to engage in what he sees as rough masculine activities, such as riding a motorbike through rough areas, at others he feels like a delicate woman, travelling by train and eating lady-like box lunches.

The partner had no negative feelings towards his penis, on the contrary. They met through an advertisement in Queen. While the partner also occasionally dresses as a woman, when they are together he prefers to act like a man while he 28 Wim Lunsing prefers Shimada to look like a ‘proper’ woman. Their relationship mimics a typical heterosexual relationship. While Shimada’s physique fits that of the new half discussed above, he does not use that term – which also reflects the fact that he does not have a stereotypical new half occupation – but rather calls himself ‘transgender’ or even ‘overgender’, referring to his overcoming the boundaries of gender (Fushimi 1996: 42).

He was jealous of women to the point that he was upset when a woman appeared on television. He wished he had been born a woman. Eventually he realized that it was impossible to become a woman and that, indeed, he did not really want to. He did not wish to menstruate or have children, and having breasts or not was not much of an issue. He joined Diamond in the early 1990s and the possibilities it provided to express himself were of major importance. He found that, if he could not become a heroine in reality, he could still perform (enjiru) like one.

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