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Manga and Anime as inviting and open as they may seem are at heart the products of Japans culture Despite its technological advancement Japan somehow manages to retain much of its historical character in addition to blending in the overwhelming influences of the West The Japanese treatment of gender and gender relations has taken many turns over the last millennium and manga and anime reflect those changes Still at the core of the culture lies certain fundamental beliefs that are proving difficult to change Recently too there is growing controversy over gender roles in Japan An American friend recently complained bitterly over the pervasiveness of sadistic heterosexual male-oriented Japanese pornography in Japan She says that the message that women are sexual objects has become almost epidemic in Japanese culture and that male chauvenism is everywhere Many career women in Japan seem to be so disgusted with things that they refuse to marry And too many men are expected to sacrifice themselves to their jobs to the point of having no family involvement When a man retires he sometimes becomes trapped in a family he doesnt know with nothing to do and he tends to die soon after from his sudden lack of purpose I am not an expert in this topic however maybe I can provide some insight into Japanese culture and its reflection in manga as well as some recent trends in manga I am writing by the way from the point of view that individuality is more important than ones gender --- and hence to stereotype genders and to force people to conform to those stereotypes is not a good thing I personally think wed all be better off if each of us picked up the stereotypical strengths of both genders if say men were more nurturing and women were more likely to speak and be heard Historical and Modern Attitudes Historically like almost every culture on the planet
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