Masaki C Matsumoto
Hi there! My name is Masaki and I’m a Japan-based queer critic & vlogger who writes and makes videos in English & Japanese about heteropatriarchy. [he/him/they/them]
I studied sociology of gender and sexuality in college (International Christian University, Tokyo) and graduate school (the University of Chicago), researching mostly straight women’s fight against sexism, misogyny, homophobia, and transphobia.
After spending most of my teen years and early 20’s in Japan, New Zealand, and the U.S., I am back in Kitakanto now (area north of Tokyo) where I’m originally from, working as the bartender at FAT CATS, a minority-friendly, discrimination-free dining space that my mother and I started in 2014.
I’ve also been freelancing since 2015 as a writer and speaker, mostly in Japanese, on various topics pertaining to gender and sexuality. Publishers include Seidosha, wezzy, wotopi, and Human Rights Association for Korean Residents in Japan. Hosts include universities, queer activist groups, professional associations, and ethnic minority groups. (e.g. Queer Theory as a Critique of Society: the Closet and Gay Marriage (a guest lecture at Aoyama Gakuin University.) For non-published essays in English, see my blog.
I’ve been featured in a Graham Kolbeins film QUEER JAPAN, a Global Voices profile by Navin Thompson (in English, Malagasy, Spanish, and Greek), and an Anime Feminist interview (Esperanto translation is here).
My current projects are (1) a weekly Japanese-language audio streaming Erokunai Sei no Hanashi #ensh21 (About Sex, ‘Cept It’s Not) with guests from queer communities and beyond (currently on a short break – April 11, 2018), (2) a YouTube channel in English about gender, sexuality, and culture, (3) a photography blog & Instagram page where I explore what queer photography can be without depicting male skin, lesbian intimacy or half-queenface makeup, and (4) learning how to draw manga, in hopes of someday creating queer manga.
Some of you already know, but I have been trying to learn how to draw manga-style. Which one do you like? 🙂 pic.twitter.com/MvcFRD1S1I
— Masaki C Matsumoto (@QueerESL) February 22, 2018
Please use the form below to contact me for business inquiries. Personal messages may not be replied to.
*I happen to have a pretty good camera (Lumix GH5 – good for video & stills) and I want to use it more often so I can practice and get better. So I’m giving you a discount if your request includes me taking photos or video.
*I don’t do translation or language exchange, nor am I going to be your “native informant” unless you pay well.