Class schedule (Note: the following subjects will be covered in 7 class periods, and the order may change depending on the availability of some guest speakers)
Class 1. Introduction
Discussion: what do you want to learn from this course?
1968: ‘The personal is political’- 1960s radicalism and women
Were women only subordinate to male students?
‘Having to make rice balls’ (Ueno Chizuko) led to the birth of feminism?
Gewalt Rosa, Shigenobu Fusako and Nagata Hiroko (Red Army)
two female photographers: Watanabe Hitomi and Sasaki Michiko
Class 2. 1970~1975: Women’s Liberation Movement (Uuman libu) and Eros
Film: ‘Looking for Fumiko’ (a documentary film by Kurihara Nanako on Women’s lib movement in Japan)
‘Libereation from Public Toilet’ (Tanaka Mitsu)
‘Onna no Shinbun’ (Women’s newspaper) and other mini-comi (zines)
Chu-pi-ren (Alliance of women against the ban on birth-control pills and undesirable changes on the abortion law)
Class 3. Counter culture and female artists in the 1960s-‘Nikutai’ (Bodies) that matter
‘Angura’ (underground) art movement – theater, dance, and other performance, including:
Hijikata Tatsumi and Ankoku Butoh
Nakajima Natsu Butoh workshop
Class 4. 1975~: Authorization of ‘Equality’
1975 International Women’s Year
1975~85 United Nation’s decade of women
1986 Equal Employment Opportunity Law
What happened to Uuman libu?
Feminism since the 1990s
Introduction of feminist theories, ‘women’s studies’ in academia
Chino Kaori (art history) – Image & Gender study group
‘Gender’-themed art exhibitions: Kasahara Michiko, curator
‘Gender: Beyond Memories’ (1996)
‘Love’s Body’ (1998)
‘Borderline Cases’ (2004)
Feminist artists: Ito Tari, Yoshiko Shimada, Idemitsu Mako
(possible visit to a museum exhibition)
Class 5. The ‘Comfort women’ issue and Backlash
‘Comfort women’ and Japanese feminists
The Women's International War Crimes Tribunal on Japan's Military Sexual Slavery (2002)
‘Atarashii Kyokasho o Tsukuru Kai (A Society for New Japanese Textbook)’
Revisionists against ‘comfort women’ – ‘they were just prostitutes’
Backlash and self-censorship
Class 6. Post-Fukushima (2011) and New Activism?
Guest speakers: young feminist artists - Taki Asako and others
DV, harassments, poverty, immigration
How can we change?
Class 7 Presentations
Each student will do 15-20 min. presentation on how to change the gender inequality.