Beyond Japan Ep. #17: Dansō Crossdressing and Gender in Japan with Dr Marta Fanasca

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This week we are joined by Dr Marta Fanasca, researcher of Japanese and Gender Studies at the University of Manchester, to discuss gender in Japan through Dansō crossdressing escort services. We discuss issues of applying universal understandings of gender and LGBTQ+ terminology in a national context, challenge the Euro-American term of ‘escort’ and explore how supposedly conservative Japan reconciles with its history of gender fluidity.

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Image credits:

[L] 桜井 涼夜 (@ryoya0127) Twitter

[R] 篠原雪斗@男装 ウィズプラス

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