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Changing Japanese Media on the Topic of Sexless-ness
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Meiji University, Japan
Japanese media have been completely divided by gender on the topic of sexuality, and men’s and women’s media have represented completely different articles concerning viewpoints, topics, words, and values. The gendered media have made it difficult for the Japanese men and women to communicate on sexuality and have in a sense caused sexless-ness.
However quite recently in 2015, the Asahi Shimbun, the newspaper with the top authority in Japan, started the featured page edited mainly by women, “Sex Counseling Room”, to which the real voices of women on the topics of sexuality including sexless-ness were posted. This authoritative media for the readers of both genders have been breaking the taboo, introducing women’s voice which were oppressed from speaking publicly. Specific topics were focused such as the reason women are reluctant to sex with the partners, the voices of women on physical and mental conditions after childbirth, or on female pain during intercourse, all of which had never been expressed by women publicly. The articles have had a great social response. This wave in which women express themselves on sexuality publicly is spreading, including the publication of a book “My Husband Won’t Fit” in 2017, by a female amateur writer on her unique experience of sexless marriage.