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Confessions of a Host
12017-04-27T16:19:24-07:00Shannon Brooks701a5bb1ea207b0327d3a992b9b5eb2862b0d9ec174821Brief interview with a Host in Japanplain2017-04-27T16:19:24-07:00Shannon Brooks701a5bb1ea207b0327d3a992b9b5eb2862b0d9ec
12017-04-27T16:12:39-07:00Shannon Brooks701a5bb1ea207b0327d3a992b9b5eb2862b0d9ecThe Great Happiness SpaceShannon Brooks1Host clubs in Japan and the lies they sellplain2017-04-27T16:12:39-07:00Shannon Brooks701a5bb1ea207b0327d3a992b9b5eb2862b0d9ec
1media/jessekanda.png2017-04-24T09:14:29-07:00marisa davise34b89a15ec01be763bc376325f35993f6ef4c7fSexuality & The State19An overview of the mechanisms that produce sexuality as a tool for advancing state interestsplain2017-04-29T12:56:57-07:00marisa davise34b89a15ec01be763bc376325f35993f6ef4c7f
1media/glitch.jpg2017-04-24T09:18:51-07:00marisa davise34b89a15ec01be763bc376325f35993f6ef4c7fSexuality & The Self14Brief overview of the ways sexuality fractures relationships with the individual and social selfplain2017-04-29T12:52:50-07:00marisa davise34b89a15ec01be763bc376325f35993f6ef4c7f
1media/salaryman works long hours.jpg2017-04-26T08:30:52-07:00Shannon Wu92b61b4615317d9a5a58f818c17498962842e3eaThe Salaryman, Hikikomori, and Hostesses14Japan's capitalist driven gender identities and the consquences that resultimage_header2017-04-30T20:34:00-07:00Shannon Wu92b61b4615317d9a5a58f818c17498962842e3ea
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1media/index.png2017-04-24T09:04:11-07:00Shannon Brooks701a5bb1ea207b0327d3a992b9b5eb2862b0d9ecGender and Identity in Modern Japan9Globalization, nationalized pressures, and how Japanese youth are responding to a history of genderplain4308192017-04-28T08:39:00-07:00Shannon Brooks701a5bb1ea207b0327d3a992b9b5eb2862b0d9ec
12017-04-24T08:51:42-07:00Shannon Brooks701a5bb1ea207b0327d3a992b9b5eb2862b0d9ecCommodification of Identity9The capitalist exploitation of identity in Japanese youth cultureplain2017-04-28T08:48:10-07:00Shannon Brooks701a5bb1ea207b0327d3a992b9b5eb2862b0d9ec
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12017-04-24T15:02:31-07:00Feminine Desire in Japan as an Agent of Social Change4plain2017-04-27T16:29:23-07:00Heterosexual women in Japan are increasingly seeking husbands that do not fit the traditional (stereotypical) ideal of the strong, stoic, and strict Japanese male that has been the traditionally preferred mate and instead seeking a man who is more "effeminate", sensitive, and kind. This has driven a change in men's fashion as well as a shift in men's working habits. One example of this is seen in the rise of Host Clubs where women are able to spend their disposable income acquired in jobs outside the home in an effort to woo and be wooed by this new desirable male. The video below shows the interactions of these new women and men, while pointing out that the traditional patriarchal machinations still hold tight on the psyche and behaviors of heterosexual Japanese relationships. While it's long, it gives a very interesting look into the practice of host clubs and how feminine desire is driving styles and behavior.
Despite the hype, these host clubs have a negative effect on the men that get involved with them. While the toll on women who are preyed upon is arguably worse, it is important to note that no one wins with this model.
While this is not meant to be critical of women gaining agency over their sexual desire, it is the most readily accessible aspect of the topic and displays the ways in which feminine desire can manipulate the commodification of sexuality in both men and women.