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Encounters with AgingMythologies of Menopause in Japan and North America$
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Margaret Lock

Print publication date: 1994

Print ISBN-13: 9780520082212

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520082212.001.0001

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Resignation, Resistance, Satisfaction—Narratives of Maturity

Resignation, Resistance, Satisfaction—Narratives of Maturity

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Encounters with Aging

Margaret Lock

University of California Press

Ishida Atsuko, a divorced housewife of fifty-three was the individual who first alerted the author to the fact that by focusing on kōnenki, the author was forcing middle-aged women into an inappropriate pigeonhole. This chapter examines why articles about kōnenki were starting to spring up everywhere, when clearly the majority of women were in agreement with Atsuko and did not find it a particularly trying time. Was menopause indeed, as Atsuko suggested, simply an entrepreneurial creation of the medical world? Or were the Japanese media with their sensitive antennae picking up on the rising interest in menopause in the West?

Keywords:   Ishida Atsuko, life histories, kōnenki, menopause, Japanese media

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