02.28.17

Gender-Bending And Fluid Sexuality? In Japan, They’ve Been Doing That For Centuries

The "genderless" young hipster types in Tokyo and Osaka who've been getting press coverage lately are by no means a new phenomenon there. Anthropologist Jennifer Robertson, who has spent much of her life in Japan, gives the history, from cross-dressing eighth-century women to bisexual aristocrats in classical literature to foppish 19th-century "high-collar" men to the very popular Takarazuka Revue, considered avant-garde when it opened in 1914.