Episode 25: Crysanthemums and Golden Bums: Male Love in Pre-Modern Japan

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That’s right, Leigh and Gretchen are back with another delightful look at the history of homosexuality in East Asian history! Episode 3 explored homosexuality in Ancient China but this time, they’re heading over to Japan to take a closer look at Buddhism, samurai tradition, and the economy-shaped homosexuality in the Tokugawa shogunate. But it’s not all context, you’ll laugh along with us at some of the monks’ exploits, swoon over romantic queer poetry, and peer into the delights of the floating world. So strap in for an exciting look at the rich history of male and female homosexuality in Japan!

Outline

0:00 – Introduction 6:37 – Main Topic: Male/Male Homosexuality in Pre-Modern Japan 6:52 – Socio-Historical and Religious Context 15:47 – Fun Segment: Word of the Week 25:25 – Earliest References to Male Love in Japan 28:47 – The Monastic Tradition 42:40 – The Samurai Tradition and Undying Devotion 48:44 – The Rise of Kabuki and Commercialized Nanshoku 1:03:00 – Male Love in Popular Tokugawa Literature and Art 1:17:57 – Female/Female Homosexuality in Japan 1:23:43 – Main Takeaways/Conclusions 1:25:29 – How Gay were They? 1:26:40 – Closing and Where to Find us Online

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