Re: Status of Women
> Posted by: "Solveig Throndardottir"I need to get over to San Jose State again so I can access JSTOR...
> Noble Cousins!
> Greetings from Solveig! For those of you who may feel at all
> discouraged by the recent claims about the "deconstruction" (the term
> was used improperly) of "female samurai" a month or so ago. The
> status of women remains an active research topic and is not at all
> settled in favor shuffling women off into the shadows. There is an
> article entitled "Gender in Early Classical Japan: Marriage,
> Leadership, and Political Status in Village and Palace" by Yoshie
> Akiko in Monumenta Nipponica (60)4 Winter 2005.
> The issue of theEven in China that ideal wasn't always followed, the Empress Wu comes to
> status of women in pre-modern Japan is greatly clouded by exogenous
> Chinese cultural ideals which do indeed place men and women in
> sexually stereotyped roles with men farming and women weaving. Or men
> herding and women weaving as in the case of the two stars which meet
> each Summer on Tanabata.
mind. This was in the late 600s, so it's possible that some of her
attempted reforms/abominations may have been known in Japan. To
traditional Chinese culture she was a monster, for example, Lin Yutang
in his historical fiction paints a pretty nasty picture of her. On the
other hand she tried to raise the status of women in general and of
course her own and her mother's clan as well.
> Regardless, Yoshie cites a recent (1993) discovery ofThat's an interesting discovery! I know that the Chinese used strips of
> "mokkan" (written records on strips of wood) in which district chiefs
> transmitted orders to female officials who were to organize corvee
> labor. Essentially, the work by Yoshie supports and extends the
> earlier work by Mass.
bamboo for a very long time. I hadn't known about the Japanese version.
> I forget whether or not I mentioned this fairly recent articleTake care!
> before. I just managed to get in my final grades about a week ago and
> am still trying to catch up on paying bills and other pressing business.
Happy New Year everyone.