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fortmis OP wrote

Finally, some of the hypocrisy she was most concerned about in the socialist groups had to do with their treatment of women in general, and her in particular. For instance, she broke off a relationship with a fellow socialist, Segawa, after he brushed off a question about the possibility of their relationship leading to pregnancy. She "expected him to take some responsibility," and saw that she "was being toyed with and taken advantage of." Within this context, she challenged the double standard that allowed men to participate in casual relationships without repercussions while women were expected to bear full responsibility for the possible consequences. Additionally, she saw this behavior as further evidence that these men were not truly committed to the ideas they espoused, as real socialism would require a greater level of equality.


OdiousOutlaw wrote

I've read her stuff a while back.

Always good to read some nihilist anarchism outside of the west.


fortmis OP wrote

What did you read? Got a recommendation?


OdiousOutlaw wrote

She only has two works on the anarchist library.

I read both.

She wasn't boring to me, so you should start with "Because I wanted to" and read "The Prison Memoirs of a Japanese Woman" if you find that you enjoy her writing style.


kano wrote

I definitely second prison memoirs of a japanese woman, I read it a while ago and found it it really cool and interesting.


fortmis OP wrote

She stated, in reference to the strictly negative version of nihilism she originally pursued, that "formerly I said 'I negate life'... [but] my negation of all life was completely meaningless... The stronger the affirmation of life, the stronger the creation of life- negation together with rebellion. Therefore, I affirm life." However, she also takes care to define what this affirmation of life means for a nihilist, which she expects to be very different from the perspectives of the officials: "Living is not synonymous with merely having movement. It is moving in accordance with one's will… one could say that with deeds, one begins to really live. Accordingly, when one moves by means of one's own will and this leads to the destruction of one's body, this is not a negation of life. It is an affirmation."


crime wrote

Even just these couple quotes in this thread have me interested. Thanks for sharing, definitely gonna check out her stuff