‘Y’all need to hide your kids, hide your wife – Mowlabocus

I initially chose this paper for the funny title but the actual themes in this paper are really cool. Mowlabocus brings in questions on mediation of information, the generally assumed links between safety and information and the place of mobile apps in the representation of serious data. The central question in this paper is examining what effect mobile apps for showing registered sex offender’s locations and data are having on their users.

Mowlabocus, S. (2015). ‘Y’all need to hide your kids, hide your wife’: Mobile applications, risk and sex offender databases. New Media & Society, 1461444815593280.

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Herbivorous men of Japan – Tamaru… Part 2

Last week we left off after reading the Introduction and Historical Origins of the Sôshokukei Danshi (or herbivorous men). The insights were prescience and original (to me at least). The final 4 chapters are a mixed bag however. Whilst the chapters dealing the critique directed at Japanese men who reject traditional masculinity propose nothing new, the linguistic analysis of agency is spot on!

Tamaru, C. A. (2012). The “herbivorous” men of Japan: negotiating new masculinities (Doctoral dissertation).

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