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Article: The 'real core': the taste of Taiwanese men for Japanese adult videos

TitleThe 'real core': the taste of Taiwanese men for Japanese adult videos
Authors
Keywords'real core'
Japanese adult video
Pornography preference
Representation-reality divide
Sexual script
Issue Date2012
PublisherSage Publications Ltd. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.sagepub.co.uk/journal.aspx?pid=105771
Citation
Sexualities, 2012, v. 15 n. 3-4, p. 411-436 How to Cite?
AbstractInspired by Simon Hardy who sees 'pornographic realism' as the defining characteristic of pornography, this article argues that Taiwanese men identify more with Japanese adult videos (AVs) especially bishōjo (beautiful young woman) AVs, the prototypical genre in Japanese AV industry, than other varieties, because they appear to these men as more 'real'. However, this article goes further to move beyond the reality-representation divide by arguing that the so-called 'reality' is also discursively constituted. We first demonstrate how the 'proper' sex act of men in Taiwan is discursively constituted through Simon and Gagnon's notion of 'sexual script'. We then show how this discursively mediated male sex in Taiwan parallels neatly with the structure of the narrative of nine Japanese bishōjo AVs featuring Yuki Maiko, a prominent Japanese AV actress. We conclude that Japanese AVs in general and bishōjo AVs in particular will garner huge popularity among Taiwanese men because they appear to these men very 'real'. That is to say, the distinction between pornographic representations of sex and the 'real' sex vanishes not because pornographic representations are getting more 'real' as Hardy has argued, but because the so-called 'real' sex is also culturally constituted. © The Author(s) 2012.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/159192
ISSN
2015 Impact Factor: 0.673
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.492
ISI Accession Number ID
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dc.contributor.authorWong, HWen_HK
dc.contributor.authorYau, HYen_HK
dc.date.accessioned2012-08-16T05:46:07Z-
dc.date.available2012-08-16T05:46:07Z-
dc.date.issued2012en_HK
dc.identifier.citationSexualities, 2012, v. 15 n. 3-4, p. 411-436en_HK
dc.identifier.issn1363-4607en_HK
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/159192-
dc.description.abstractInspired by Simon Hardy who sees 'pornographic realism' as the defining characteristic of pornography, this article argues that Taiwanese men identify more with Japanese adult videos (AVs) especially bishōjo (beautiful young woman) AVs, the prototypical genre in Japanese AV industry, than other varieties, because they appear to these men as more 'real'. However, this article goes further to move beyond the reality-representation divide by arguing that the so-called 'reality' is also discursively constituted. We first demonstrate how the 'proper' sex act of men in Taiwan is discursively constituted through Simon and Gagnon's notion of 'sexual script'. We then show how this discursively mediated male sex in Taiwan parallels neatly with the structure of the narrative of nine Japanese bishōjo AVs featuring Yuki Maiko, a prominent Japanese AV actress. We conclude that Japanese AVs in general and bishōjo AVs in particular will garner huge popularity among Taiwanese men because they appear to these men very 'real'. That is to say, the distinction between pornographic representations of sex and the 'real' sex vanishes not because pornographic representations are getting more 'real' as Hardy has argued, but because the so-called 'real' sex is also culturally constituted. © The Author(s) 2012.en_HK
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherSage Publications Ltd. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.sagepub.co.uk/journal.aspx?pid=105771en_HK
dc.relation.ispartofSexualitiesen_HK
dc.rightsSexualities. Copyright © Sage Publications Ltd.-
dc.subject'real core'en_HK
dc.subjectJapanese adult videoen_HK
dc.subjectPornography preferenceen_HK
dc.subjectRepresentation-reality divideen_HK
dc.subjectSexual scripten_HK
dc.titleThe 'real core': the taste of Taiwanese men for Japanese adult videosen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
dc.identifier.emailWong, HW: hwwongc@hku.hken_HK
dc.identifier.emailYau, HY: yau.hoi-yan.ga@u.tsukuba.ac.jp-
dc.identifier.authorityWong, Hw=rp01232en_HK
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dc.identifier.doi10.1177/1363460712439651en_HK
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dc.identifier.hkuros203903en_US
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dc.identifier.volume15en_HK
dc.identifier.issue3-4en_HK
dc.identifier.spage411en_HK
dc.identifier.epage436en_HK
dc.identifier.eissn1461-7382-
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dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdomen_HK
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