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Sexist Anime Is Japanese Culture?

How do we talk about sexism, heterosexism, and ciscentrism in anime/manga when it's part of "their culture"? Can we criticize misogynous, homophobic and transphobic anime/manga without being ethnocentric and arrogant? What's the best way to address them? Or should we all shut our mouths and let them be? Would that make us anti-feminist and anti-queer?

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By Masaki C. Matsumoto, ago
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Introduction to Logic: Is lawmaker Mio Sugita’s homophobic argument VALID or SOUND?

In this English lesson video, I explain to ESL learners the meaning of the word "sound" in the sense of an argument being logical and based on truth, then move on to explain validity and soundness using one of the homophobic arguments recently made by Japanese lawmaker Mio Sugita where she argues that students should not be taught about LGBT issues in school.

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By Masaki C. Matsumoto, ago
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Why You Need To “Unlearn” Your English (or any second language)

How do I say "bless you" in Japanese when someone sneezes? Why do Japanese people say "itadakimasu" (I shall take/eat it) before eating something? Well, language and culture are closely tied to each other. And to really speak a second language naturally, you need to learn the culture as well. But, what if that second culture contains something bad, like discrimination? (more…)

By Masaki C. Matsumoto, ago