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Sanitized SexRegulating Prostitution, Venereal Disease, and Intimacy in Occupied Japan, 1945-1952$
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Robert Kramm

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780520295971

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520295971.001.0001

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(p.217) Epilogue
Sanitized Sex

Robert Kramm

University of California Press

The occupiers and the occupied alike—following different and conflicting but sometimes overlapping or even congruent aims and means—shared a deep desire to sanitize sex during the occupation of Japan. Despite varying motivations, sex was pivotal in the occupation period’s biopolitical measurement of what was acceptable, broadly speaking, displaying an economization and socialization of the sexual and sensual. Sexuality, sexual encounters, sex work, and venereal disease—and their regulation—were entering dimensions of the intimate, in which the occupation period’s asymmetries of power and boundaries of race, class, and gender were not only affirmed and reproduced but also stretched, dodged, and resisted.

Keywords:   sexuality, postwar Japan, U.S.-Japan relations

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