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Okay, the next fanperson I see saying this... - Nothing New Under The Sun
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bellatrys
bellatrys
Okay, the next fanperson I see saying this...
...is getting a thwack with the Clue-by-Four, whether XX or XY - and that is any variant on the rationalization that "you can't criticize the degrading eroticism of fandom artifact X/Y/Z because that's Japanese and they're just weird like that over there."

--Last I checked, Newbury Comics was a New England chain store - and last time I checked, New England was still on the west edge of the Atlantic, not the west edge of the Pacific (or rather the Great Eastern Sea, to be less Occidental about it.) It certainly didn't sound like the other customers and browsers were speaking Japanese, the last time I was in one, either.

So, it stands to reason that these manga-inspired posters, action figures, statuary, and the comics themselves are being imported and marketed to be sold to American buyers, NOT Japanese ones. So whoever is making them? Irrelevant. What's "normal" in the originating culture? Irrelevant.

Because they bloody well appeal to guys here, too, judging by the amount available and the amount of money put into promoting them, they're positively eating them up - and I don't think they're buying them in spite of the weird/degrading/oh-so-Japanese sexual overtones...

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therealsherbs From: therealsherbs Date: July 6th, 2007 05:36 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm so definitely with you on this. If I see another big-eyed schoolgirl showing her knickers to a tentacled monster I think I shall scream!
thedilettante From: thedilettante Date: July 6th, 2007 10:55 am (UTC) (Link)
Hi, this is aishwarya (the one currently blogging on feministe). Might I add you on this?
bellatrys From: bellatrys Date: July 6th, 2007 11:08 am (UTC) (Link)

Hi, sure!

I never mind anyone linking. Please feel free to comment or to lurk, as you prefer (or have time, I know.) It's fun to see how much overlap there is between "those crazy fangirls on Livejournal" and "serious political bloggers"...hey ho, I guess people have to come up with artificial caste distinctions when we lose our traditional ones!
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