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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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Ribu and Tanaka Mitsu

Ribu and Tanaka Mitsu

The Icon, the Center, and Its Contradictions

(p.103) Chapter Four Ribu and Tanaka Mitsu
Scream from the Shadows

Setsu Shigematsu

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter talks about one of Ūman ribu’s key activists, Tanaka Mitsu. During the 1970s, Tanaka appeared at leftist political gatherings and distributed handwritten manifestos that called for the “liberation of eros” and the “liberation of sex”. The six-page pamphlet, entitled Liberation from the Toilet, became the most well-known manifesto of the ribu movement. From 1970 to 1975, Tanaka was involved in organizing most of ribu’s major activities and became the most visible iconoclast, playing pivotal roles in the movement such as spokeswoman, philosopher, writer, and leader. At the beginning of the ribu, Tanaka forwarded a comprehensive and cogent argument of why women’s liberation had to be the liberation of sex, making her a forerunner theorist of the movement.

Keywords:   Ūman ribu, Tanaka Mitsu, liberation of eros, liberation of sex, Liberation from the Toilet, iconoclast

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