When I was reading No-no boy, I became really interested in the relationship between Kenji and Emi, and how Ichiro was encouraged to sleep with Emi in this section. When Kenji said, “I’m only half a man, Ichiro, and when my leg starts aching, even that half is no good”, it made me start thinking about how many disabled characters are written asexually and that a lot of male characters often feel inadequate and like they’ve lost their “manhood”. I’m not sure what kind of question I’m asking, maybe why you think Okada would write disability in this way? Do you think it’s representative of the discourse in this book regarding masculinity? All I know is that I’ll be thinking about this a lot before next class. It seems like I’m unable to put together a complete thought on this, but I’d love to talk about it and hear what other people think.
Disability and Sex