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"Male Chauvinism" as a Manifestation of Love in Marriage

Journal of Asian and African Studies , Volume 10 (1-2): 20 – Jan 1, 1975


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"Male Chauvinism" as a Manifestation of Love in Marriage


"Male Chauvinism" as a Manifestation of Love in Marriage SAGE Publications, Inc.1975DOI: 10.1177/002190967501000103 Sonya Salamon University of Illinois, Urbana, U.S.A. THE IMAGES of Japanese woman hood held by many in the West can be classed into two categories. One is the JAL stewardess, trained in a thousand year tradition to serve beautifully and gracefully; the other, as the feminists see her, is the shy female enslaved by men and by the society of which she is a part (Millet 1973). When I went to Japan, these stereotypes were part of my anthropological baggage. Upon seeing certain male patterns of behavior toward women I interpreted these as outright "male chauvinist pig" (MCP) acts, and I was continually outraged for the women with whom I identified. As I delved further and began to ask myself what was happening, I saw that the pattern was indeed MCP on the etic, or culturally universal, level. But what seemed to be hideous sexism was more complex when one began to interpret it on the emic, or culturally unique level. I found that certain forms of Japanese MCP behavior have crystallized out of conjugal relationships through many generations. These patterned ways of acting have
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