Language, gender and sexuality in Japanese popular media


  • Momoko Nakamura Kanto Gakuin University






Author Biography

Momoko Nakamura, Kanto Gakuin University

Momoko Nakamura, PhD, is Professor of English at Kanto Gakuin University, Japan. Her recent publications include Gender, Language and Ideology: The Genealogy of Japanese Women’s Language.


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Dahlberg-Dodd, Hannah E. (2018) Voices of the hero: dominant masculine ideologies through the speech of Japanese sh?nen protagonists. Gender and Language 12(3): 346–371.

Hall, Kira, Borba, Rodrigo and Hiramoto, Mie (forthcoming) Language and gender. In James M. Stanlaw (ed) The International Encyclopedia of Linguistic Anthropology. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

Hiramoto, Mie and Kang, M. Agnes (eds) (2017) Media articulations of gender and sexuality. [Special issue]. Gender and Language 11(4): 453–459.

Inoue, Miyako (2006) Vicarious Language: Gender and Linguistic Modernity in Japan. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Occhi, Debra J., Sturtzsreetharan, Cindi L. and Shibamoto-Smith, Janet S. (2010) Finding Mr Right: new looks at gendered modernity in Japanese televised romances. Japanese Studies 30(3): 413–429.

Okamoto, Shigeko and Shibamoto Smith, Janet S. (eds) (2004) Japanese Language, Gender, and Ideology: Cultural Models and Real People. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Robertson, Wesley (2017) He’s more katakana than kanji: indexing identity and self presentation through script selection in Japanese manga (comics). Journal of Sociolinguistics 21(4): 497–520.

Shibamoto Smith, Janet S. and Occhi, Deborah (2009) The green leaves of love: Japanese romantic heroines, authentic femininity, and dialect. Journal of Sociolinguistics 13(4): 524–546.

SturtzSreetharan, Cindi L. (2017a) Academy of devotion: performing status, hierarchy, and masculinity on reality TV. Gender and Language 11(2): 176–203.

SturtzSreetharan, Cindi L. (2017b) Language and masculinity: the role of Osaka dialect in contemporary ideals of fatherhood. Gender and Language 11(4): 552–574.




How to Cite

Nakamura, M. (2020). Language, gender and sexuality in Japanese popular media. Gender and Language, 14(3), 221–225.