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.

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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.

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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.