Exploring Representations of New Gender Roles in Japanese Animations
エリナ・イワサ (明星大学人文学部国際コミュニケーション学科)
Erina Iwasa, Department of International Studies, Faculty of Humanities, Meisei University


This article focuses on new images of male characters in Japanese animations known as soushokukei-danshi (or herbivorous boys) and explores the changing gender roles that these new characters embody. Men who are categorized as soushokukei-danshi appear weak, both physically and mentally, and are quite different from conventional male stereotypes. In that gender is not inherent but rather is performed, an analysis of soushokukei-danshi can help us understand how we are pushed to behave in certain ways by social power and how we perform gender roles unconsciously. This analysis can enable teachers to see their students in new ways and make better learning environments for them. Understanding the creation and reproduction of gender diversity in Japanese animations can thus help teachers recognize a greater diversity of gender performances among the students they teach.



Keywords: masculinity, gender, representation, Japanese animations, herbivorous boys
日本のアニメ、草食系男子, 男性性、ジェンダー、表象分析

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