This cat Masahiro Morioka continues to fascinate me. His new book, The Insensitive Man: A Philosophical Essay on Male Sexuality, is just out in Japan and being translated into English. In this book, it seems, he courageously exposes himself -- his psyche, that is:
In this book I talked a lot about my own sexuality because the topic of sexuality is very personal, hence it is almost useless to talk about men's "general" sexuality. As a "professor" it was tough work to write my own sexuality, but anyway I did it, and I presented some very unique analyses of why such sexuality has been constructed in me. This is a book of confession and its deep philosophical analysis. . . .
Readers should note that the term "male frigidity" in this book is completely different from that in sex therapy. In this book, "male frigidity" means a mental, existential state after ejaculation, which may deeply influence men's sexuality and their relationship with women. . . .
In the last chapter, I pointed out that there is an idea "my body is dirty" inside many men's minds, and this idea might be another cause of men's insensitivity in the field of sexuality. And I think about the way how to escape from this miserable state.
A gay man, reading this book, told me that it is very rare that a heterosexual man talks about his own sexuality in such an open manner, and he went on to say this may be a revolutional book. I was happy to hear that. And a woman said that she was shocked to know the hidden reality of male sexuality.
Excerpts from the English translation will soon be published on his bioethics and philosophy website, Life Studies. Morioka apparently writes a lot about the specifically Japanese male fetish, which he admits he shares, for twelve-year-old girls in school uniforms. But how far is that from our own culture's "barely legal" images and obsessions?
I have a hunch Morioka is going to piss off a lot of men worldwide by scaring them to death. ("You can't talk about that!!") He says he has been strongly influenced (you could even say clobbered) by the unconventional thinking of Japanese feminists, and is the better for it:
I would like to emphasize that through the research, through lots of discussion, and through exchanges with women, my former worldview and the way of life have been altered. Women completely altered my mind and body in the process of my combat against them. This is the second, but most important reason why I am here today. We have a variety of feminism. I do not necessarily agree with every point of their opinions. I do not call myself "feminist", but I really respect some feminists' philosophies and their ways of life in this society.
Proof that if you go off the beaten path, you can still find something new.