Thursday, July 13, 2006

Regarding the sex and reputation post

No, I have not lost my mind. Nor lost it in the gutter.

As a background to discussions of childbirth promotion legislation, daycare center funding, legislation permitting married couples to have different surnames, women's rights and privileges (exclusive railcars), women's roles in Japanese society (whatever that may be), the maudlin pseudo-nostalgic bombast of politicians, the just-so stories concocted out of social science research conducted decades ago on a completely different people -- all these need to be compared to paradigmatic images of the female in the popular imagination.

Otherwise one is just pontificating based one's prejudices--or worse, kidding oneself.

P.S. Yes, I did want to talk about something other than North Korean missiles today.

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