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"With you, a foreigner, she felt the filming was no longer private."

"The Japanese seem inscrutable. And they like to be thought so--it saves so much explanation"..."Though the foreign demand for her is great, she cannot be exported"..."My friend said that I was a research scientist who had been too busy in my laboratory to go out with girls"..."Most geisha are flat-chested, bony, and rather boy-like..."

"Fragile little sparrows though they may seem, with the innocence of newborn kittens..." This mien, of course, well describes the way female characters are portrayed in many anime, manga, and games. The recommended play-acting of the man, to be either the kindly father or the young, innocent boy (one might say, in symmetry, the younger brother) are also popular roles in the mind of the male otaku.

"Right to Abolish Baby-chan!" is my new pro-choice slogan.

The next time someone asks you for an "about the author" blurb, you should just play them the sample "Smaller-sized parties where only movies were shown were held at my apartment--as a result, I became quite a critic."

Man, does that book just smack of some major Orientalism.

Carl, you do have a point there with the father/young brother archetype, as the Japanese entertainment complex revolves around exploiting the lolicon and oneechan angles. BTW, if Fitzgerald was around today (considering Matt Alt's comment, he would've gotten some major STDs by then), what would he have thought of enjo kosai?

I must admit that "Abolish baby-chan" is pretty funny and I can't wait to use it somewhere.

Avery, what do you mean in this instance by "Orientalism"? I should say, also, that STDs were no less prevalent in the 1960s than they are today; they were viewed as somewhat less serious, but their transmission was often more casual--condom use was not regarded as a matter of life and death, as it was in the 1980s and '90s.

Yeah, I probably should rethink that about Occidentalism, since the word has so many connotations. The thing was that it felt it had revelled too much in Western stereotypes of Asian culture. I've taken a jaded eye to rampant Japanophilia (probably a better word) over the years, having been in anime fandom for so long, so stuff like that kinda raises my hackles.

I think a lot of "Japanese pussy is better than American, French, what have you" talk reflected in Fitzgerald's book has a lot to do with that American view of '60s Japan, all constructed of plastic, tin, and neon, and had a lot to do when it when it was exotic and different, much like how all American companies want to emulate the ideals of the economic juggernaut of '80s Japan. Of course, both views have largely faded away, with the cheap and barely legal (in all senses of the phrase) sex tourism being in Thailand and the recession of the '90s.

Mostly, I just wanted to touch base with you, Carl. I haven't talked with you in a couple of years since moving away from Usenet, and wanted to congratulate you on the Golgo 13 and if Viz is going to reprint the Juan Peron story, or any of "Golgo 13: the Professional" run they did back in the early '90s? The panel that Patrick post up was, in my mind, something that has gone missing in a lot of American anime fandom these days.

>The panel that Patrick post up was, in my mind, something that has gone missing in a lot of American anime fandom these days.

I believe it used to be known as "adult sexuality."

It helps to remember context.

America was a little 'Japan Happy' back in the mid-'60s, and it was *everywhere*.

Remember the I Spy episodes that took place in Japan.

Remember 'Courtship of Eddie's Father' and the Japanese housekeeper.

'You Only Live Twice' came out in '67, which means I expect Sean Connery was reading that book and having a wry chuckle.

Honestly, I don't see anything...regretful...about this book, it's about the same level of *any* 'secrets of sex stuff going on' book of the period.

Mr. Fitzgerald's observations seem rather more centered in the actual Japanese women he encountered, spoke, and interacted with, rather than in abstract theories. Perhaps it isn't at first realized he's being sarcastic about Western stereotypes of the "geesha," and talks instead about his encounters with more everyday women. If he believes Japanese mores about sex bear important points of difference from American ones, that is no more than the truth.

He certainly doesn't give the impression, however, that it follows these Japanese women have any obligation to give him some, and especially not on the grounds he is an Occidental. Instead he parries and fences with individuals, hoping to score; no different from the approach in his own culture; it is the environment that is different. Fitzgerald was, by his lights, gathering data on the ground (as Patrick does). Unlike many observers of Japan, he knew what his own intentions were and acknowledged them openly. His pursuit of sex is honest. The fact he poses as an innocent academic in order to get laid is a wonderful effigy of what are today called "culture studies."

The Viz "Signature" edition of GOLGO 13 contains 26 selected stories ranging between 1972 and 2001; however, they are all ones previously unpublished in any of the three prior English versions of the title (one of which was, of course, the 1991 Viz edition you mention under the title "The Professional: Golgo 13," which did the story "The Argentine Tiger" in three parts). I dunno, though; the image of Golgo taking an Iraqi woman from behind while wearing a false Saddam Hussein mustache is probably too strong even for a "M" rating. It demands at least a "N".

Does anyone know what has happened to the aforementioned Mr. Fitzpatrick? Clearly the work of such an interesting individual needs to continue to live in our collective imagination.

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