Love, Sex and Democracy in Japan during the American Occupation



Publication Details

McLelland, M. 2012, Love, Sex and Democracy in Japan during the American Occupation, Palgrave Macmillan, New York.


The idea for this book came about while seated reviewing some early postwar publications in the unfortunately named "Perverts Museum" in Kagaurazaka, Tokyo, in 2004. I was at that time collecting documents about early postwar sexual minority subcultures for my book Queer Japan from the Pacific War to the Internet Age. Although I was mainly interested in on hetersexual expressions of sex and romance at the time, one illustration in a very dog-eared copy of Modan Nippon (Modern Japan), a kind of general-interest pulp magazine common in the years following the end of the war, caught my eye. The illustration accompanied an article on the newly introduced practice of coeducation.

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