A Japanese author named Sachiyo Morimoto has teamed up with Jamaican scholars, entertainers and regular citizens to write a book about gender and sexuality in Jamaica.
Among the chapters in the book – which is in English and Japanese – are ”Chi Chi Man Fi Get Sladi’: Exploring Homophobia as Alternative Discourses of Masculinity in Dancehall Culture’ (Hope); ‘Rastafari, Politics and Gender Relations in Jamaica: A Womanist Critique’ (Tafari-Ama); ‘Bogle a De Order Fi Di Day’: Dance and Identity in Jamaican Dancehall (Stanley-Niaah); ”Sweet and Sour Sauce” Sexual Politics in Jamaican Dancehall Culture’ (Cooper) and ‘EnGENDERING Dialogue: Random Thoughts on Gender and Culture’ (Ellis)…read more Jamaica Gleaner
LT1, Gender and Sexuality in Jamaica was published at the end of November 2008.
Morimoto has been promoting the music in Japan since she was 18-years-old, as part of a favour to her younger sister who owns a production company that helps to make the music available to Japanese fans. So she was immersed deep into what was available to the Japanese – and that usually came in the form of the dancehall, which can be rude, crude and unforgiving…read more Jamaica Observer