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February 25, 2005

Death of a person familiar to me

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The translation of Chapter 5 of Brain Dead Person was uploded today. In this chapter I distinguished among three concepts: "my death", "the death of a person familiar to me", and "the death of a person unfamiliar to me." Hence the question to ask should be like this:

1) Is my brain death my death?
2) Is the brain death of a person familiar to me his or her death?
3) Is the brain death of a person unfamiliar to me his or her death?

But why these questions? Please read the text for the answer.

Anyway, now we have the translations of Ch.1, 2, and 5 so far. The reason why we skipped Ch.3 and 4 is that they are a little out of date. (Remember that this book was published in 1989, more than 15 years ago). Instead, Ch.1, 2, and 5 are still fresh and impressive to English readers, I believe.

And I added a summary to The Insensitive Man page. It might be interesting to visit and read it. This week the second printing will appear in bookstores. The total has been 25,000 copies to date. Great.

Photo: Yasumasa Morimura's Sunflower

 -- M.Morioka www.lifestudies.org

February 21, 2005

Sexual desires and Men's fantasies

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Today I made a special page for The Insensitive Man. This page has not been completed, but you can see the table of contents of the book. Some readers say that it is surprising that a scholar like me wrote a book like this. However, I believe this is the topic a philosopher should investigate if he/she seriously contemplates a human being in contemporary society flooded with a great deal of pornographic images and discourses.

Men's studies written by heterosexual men have unconsciously avoided talking about the authors' own sexual desires and fantasies toward women, and analyzing them from the perspective of gender studies. However, I talked about it and analyzed in this book. This is probably the reason why many readers have actively responded to this book on their weblogs. There have been 63 blogs which refer to this book so far.

By the way, the translation of Chapter 5 of Brain Dead Person was finished. The entire text will be uploded soon. Thank you, Alex Jones, for your splendid translation!

Photo: Mona Lisa printed on a T-shirt.

 -- M.Morioka www.lifestudies.org

February 15, 2005

Self-denial

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A week has passed since the publication of The Insensitive Man. The book seems to sell well. I received an email from the publisher saying that they are preparing for the second printing of the book. This is good news. Some friends of mine were saying that this was an interesting and provocative book. A female journalist told me that she was shocked to know that even a "successful" man (like me) has a sense of self-denial about his own body and sexuality because she has thought such self-denial was unique to female sexuality.

A number of comments on this book are beginning to appear on personal blogs on the web. Some are sympathetic but others are critical of my theory. If you read Japanese you can see them at http://d.hatena.ne.jp/kanjinai/ .

I will make a special page for this book including the detailed table of contents and other information soon.

Photo: Yasumasa Morimura's Mona Lisa.

 -- M.Morioka www.lifestudies.org

February 07, 2005

Fetishism

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The Insensitive man was published today (See Feb.1). This is probably the most sensational book I have ever published. This is an analysis of male sexuality, (especially male frigidity), school uniform fetishism, rorikon, etc. The followings are the translation of the first paragraph of the book.

In this book, I'm going to write about the insensitivity of men. Some men suffer from sexual fantacies such as mini-skirts, uniform fetishism, rorikon (Lolita fetishism) and rape because of their insensitivity. For the purpose of this study, I will be talking a lot about myself. This is not a general theory of man, but actually, I want to investigate this problem from the perspective of my own self. (The Insensitive man, p.7)

Sex therapy talks about male orgasmic dysfunction, and sometimes calls it "male frigidity," but what I mean by this term is completely different from sex therapy's concept. In my view, it is something that is closely connected to various fetishes and "abnormal" sexualities (including desire toward anime girls, which is prevalent among young Japanese men).

I will show you the table of contents next time.

(To be continued...)

Photo: Cover of The Insensitive Man

 -- M.Morioka www.lifestudies.org

February 01, 2005

Rorikon

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A new book on male sexuality, entitled "The Insensitive Man (Kanjinai Otoko in Japanese)", will be published next week. In this book I emphasized that men's sexuality like mine is basically characterized by its insensitivity to sexual fulfillment and happiness, and the basic emotion is that of depression concerning sexual desire. I called this "male frigidity." Male frigidity is not a matter of dysfunction of a sexual organ, as sex therapists put it, but a kind of existential, philosophical problem of a person like me. (What about you?) I wrote a related article on Octber 24, 2004.

In the book, I also analyzed the reason why men like school uniforms, and why they become rorikon, Lolita fetishism. My theory is very strange and unique, so I am not sure how this book will be accepted to Japanese readers. I have read books on male sexuality written in English and Japanese, but I couldn't find books similar to mine. So, it might be stimulating to not only Japanese but also English readers.

The translation of this book is now in progress, so I think I can show you the contents here or on the main website little by little in the near future. If you are interested in this topic please stop by from time to time. I am not sure how many of you are interested in Japanese anime/manga culture, especially its fetish of rorikon, seifuku, and little girls (Just like Hayao Miyazaki's anime film, f.g. Spirited Away and others), but if you are interested you are sure to enjoy my book!

(To be continued...)

Photo: Yasumasa Morimura's post card

 -- M.Morioka www.lifestudies.org