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February 27, 2011
In trying to write half-way
intelligently about Japanese LOLITA_MOE
culture, I'm aware of being
on thin ice.
My speculations about how things
are taken Over There is suspect.
There's an obvious disconnect
between me and the the things I'm
But this is what makes the material
interesting, there's a sense of HETEROPHILLIA
strangenesss about it that keeps it
from being as tedious as American
There's a certain, let us say
"irony" about all this, because
I'm aware that a lot of the tropes You might suppose that
I find so strange in Japanese it's all a matter of
culture are variations of things unreasoning prejudice
they found in American culture and on my part, or we might
that I ignored out of habit (if speculate that the
not quite "on general principle"). Japanese version of
these things had a
certain subtle touch
about it that
genuinely enlivens it.
The interesting possibility:
both sides benefit from this
cultural exchange through an
Japan and America can use each
other as a distorting mirror,
bouncing ideas back and forth.
Connected, but not
too tightly connected.
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