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.
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