Lecturer: Jermaine R. Gordon-Mizusawa is a PhD student of Anthropology Department at The Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Information on sex in Japan especially in the media is constantly conflicting and contradictory. One image is a sexualized Japan with its soaplands (where men get bathed by women and sometimes sex occurs), enjo-kosai (compensated dating), and ero manga (erotic comics). A second Japan that exists is one characterized as sexually repressed as the title of a 2004 article in USA Today suggests, "No Sex Please. We Are Japanese," while citing a survey on twenty-eight countries that reported Japan as last in frequency of sex. How can we understand these conflicting meanings of sex and virginity in Japan? In my on-going research on this topic, I combine person-centered ethnography with psychoanalytic theory to temper research analysis with the voices of the respondents themselves. In this talk I report on my initial findings.