MASQUERADE OF FEMININITY AND MASCULINITY IN JAPANESE COMIC MIDORI IS A TOMBOY AND W-JULIET

Agnessia Shella Dinata, Jenny M. Djundjung

Abstract


Masquerade is the use of mask and disguise by a person to hide a certain identity and make a new identity. The concept of masquerade that is the use of mask has been used in Japanese theatre such as Kabuki and Takarazuka; however those theatres also use the concept of gender bender. Nowadays, the two concepts are applied in Japanese comic that is popular in teenager. In this study, I would like to analyze the use of mask and gender bender by Makoto and Midori in Japanese comic W-Juliet and Midori is a Tomboy. I would like to reveal the strategy that is used by Makoto and Midori in wearing their mask and the meaning of the masks that they use. By this study, I will prove that femininity and masculinity are not related by sex and can be used as mask to create a new identity.


Keywords


Masquerade, Mask, Gender-role, Gender-bender, Femininity, Masculinity

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.9744/katakita.2.3.6-11

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