Marriage in Japan is no longer the universal norm it once was. Japanese women and men are marrying later and less often: in 2010, more than 20% of men and 10% of women were still unmarried by age 50. But strangely enough, the articulated desire to marry remains strong, with almost 90% of Japanese singles reporting that they ‘intend to marry someday’.
These gaps—between marriage ideal and practice, between the likelihood of women and men marrying, and between women’s and men’s views of marriage—reflect underlying tensions in gender norms, shifting notions of mature femininity and masculinity, and parallel shifts in economic and political structures.
In this talk, Laura Dales (University of Western Australia) will explore these shifts from the perspective of female experience, focusing on how marriage is perceived and promoted in popular media as “safety net” and/or “sacrifice”.
This event is part of the “No Room for Romance? Masculinity, Femininity and Changing Ideals in Japan” talk series, which runs February 27 – March 5 at The Japan Foundation, Sydney.
Doors open 6pm
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