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Scream from the ShadowsThe Women's Liberation Movement in Japan$
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Setsu Shigematsu

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780816667581

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816667581.001.0001

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The Liberation of Sex, Onna, and Eros

The Liberation of Sex, Onna, and Eros

The Movement and the Politics of Collective Subjectivity

Chapter:
(p.65) Chapter Three The Liberation of Sex, Onna, and Eros
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Scream from the Shadows
Author(s):

Setsu Shigematsu

Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816667581.003.0003

This chapter discusses Ūman ribu’s representative campaigns on abortion and unmarried mothers, emphasizing ribu’s core concepts on the liberation of sex, onna, and eros. It focuses on the works of Ūman ribu key activists, such as Yonezu Tomoko, Mori Setsuko, Saeki Yōko, Miki Sōko, and Iwatsuki Sumie, who mobilized the social movement and its anti-capitalist politics. Ribu initiated a legacy of activism for reproductive freedom and feminist anti-imperialist organizing that led to the organic development of a women-centered relationality and lesbian love. The chapter concludes with an analysis of how the relationships between key activists were crucial in directing and shaping ribu’s distinctive radical feminist politics.

Keywords:   Ūman ribu, abortion, unmarried mothers, sexual liberation, onna, eros, feminism, reproductive freedom, lesbian love

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