Announcement: 11th Issue of CGS Journal, "Gender and Sexuality"


"Gender and Sexuality 11" can be downloaded as a PDF file from the link listed below.


Invited papers: 2014 CGS 10th Anniversary Symposium "Redefining Boundaries and Conviviality:Nationality, Body, Gender and Sexuality"

"Special Contribution" Column
Etsuko KATO

The Neoliberal Gender Order Masking the Problem of Comfort Women: "Patriotic Girls" and Postfeminism

Study Abroad Programs and Pregnancy / Childbirth: From Case Study

International Students as Religious Minorities and the University Environment

Sexism as Racism, Racism as Sexism: Considering Hate Speech from Gender and Sexuality Perspectives
Yeonghae JUNG

Symbolic Violence Latent in Japan's Policies and Practices for International Students

Research Papers
Parables of a Cupcake: the Deployment of Affect, the National Body and Homonationalism in the Aftermath of the London Riots

Restrained Female Bodies: The Relationship between the Imagery of "Grotesque" and the Disabled Body in "Recitatif"

The Impossible Affirmation of Queer Negativity: A Deconstructive Critique of Improper Subjects


Matters of the Flesh: Japanese Herbivore Men and the Asexuality Umbrella
Ioana Fotache

Research Notes
Difficulties Faced by Caring Roles and Careers Case Studies of Women in their 20s-30s Who Care Family Members

CGS Events Reports
Report: Talk session Let's Talk about Parenting on Campus #4

3rd Annual R-Week Report

CGS Activity Reports and Schedule

The 21th-24th Meetings of the Tama Gender Education Net

AY 2015 CGS Activity Report, AY 2016 CGS Activity Schedule

Author Profiles, Regular Members of the Center for Gender Studies

Journal Regulations for Vol. 12

Postscript from the Editor

Pick Up!


[Date & Time]
12th April, 2016(Tue) 13:50-16:00
13th April, 2016(Wed) 12:40-15:00
14th April, 2016(Thu) 12:40-15:00

Center for Gender Studies @ ERB-I 301 (The rainbow flag will be a guide!)

Anybody who is interested in CGS or Gender & Sexuality Studies will be welcome!!

We would like you all to join us at our tea party! We are especially looking forward to meeting new students arriving this term. Come and learn about the major in Gender and Sexuality Studies.

It's a good opportunity to see and talk with other students and CGS staff.
You can share topics related to gender & sexuality, and ask questions about your registration, campus life, and study.

All staff are looking forward to your visiting with preparing tea and snack.
How about taking this occasion to visit CGS?


Gender, Sexuality, and Campus Life Vol.01: Possibilities Guide in ICU (ver.1) Full Text (PDF, A4, 20pages, 2.1MB)

About This Guide
The "Gender, Sexuality, and Campus Life Vol.1: ICU Possibilities Guide" was created to provide support to students attending ICU (International Christian University) in order for them to obtain a better learning environment. CGS (Center for Gender Studies) is in charge of the editing and publication of this guide. It is a revised and reoriented version of the "LGBT in ICU Student Guidebook," which has been published since 2012.*1 Our decision to refocus and rename the guide was founded on two goals: one, to change the title to reflect the chief aim of the guide, which is to verify information about campus life from a gender and sexuality perspective; and two, to cast off the unintended reputation that ICU supports LGBT students. The current title is based on a proposal by ICU undergraduates.
The guide contains information about institutional support here at ICU, based on how actual cases were handled in the past. It introduces information that may be useful for university life in terms of gender and sexuality, such as the handling of cases pertaining to students who are at unease with their gender--for example, transgender or GID*2 students--as well as how to register for the student-accessible Nursing Room on campus.
The information listed in this guide reflects the measures that have been made possible at ICU, and may not fit each individual's needs or expectations. CGS will continue its work to create a more comfortable environment for students, and as such, we will periodically update this guide. We at CGS hope to keep expanding what is possible at ICU, thanks to the voices of students.

*1 LGBT, "LGBT in ICU Student Guidebook" An acronym formed by taking the first letters of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender. In recent years, it has come into use as a general term to refer to sexual minorities. Occasionally, it is written with other letters, such as Q (Questioning, Queer) or A (Asexual, Ally). Of course, sexual minorities are not limited to the four categories of LGBT, nor are gender and sexuality-related difficulties limited only to minorities. The title, "LGBT in ICU Student Guidebook: Transgender and GID Edition" was chosen based on the aforementioned limitations, and for two major reasons: one was that we wanted to include the word "transgender," which was the main topic of the guide; the second was because we wanted a title that anticipated a second edition that treated other genders and sexualities besides transgender.
*2 Gender Identity Disorder A medical term occasionally written as GID, formed by taking the first letters of each word. In recent years, there has been a movement advocating the use of the word "gender dysphoria" instead of GID.

About This Guide
Registrar Changes to Name/Gender
[Column: Message from Alumni] Changing Society Is Another Option! (IIDA Akiru, ID 04, Division of Social Science, CLA)
Gender Listings on University-Issued Documents
[Column from CGS] Graduation Gowns
Physical Education Courses, Changing Rooms
Annual Health Examinations for Students and Individual Exams
Study Abroad
[Column: Message from Alumni] My Study Program Experience (Daiki Hiramori, ID13, Sociology major, Mathematics minor)
[Column from CGS] Survey on LGBT Issues in the Workplace Environment
University Event: Retreat Lodging
[Column from CGS] Dormitories
University Event: Fuwa Café
Student-Led Projects: R-Weeks Project, Sumire Project
ICU Nursing Room
Unisex/Multipurpose Bathrooms
Special Advisor for Gender and Sexuality
Inquiries about this Guidebook

Gender, Sexuality, and Campus Life Vol.01: Possibilities Guide in ICU (ver.1) Full Text (PDF, A4, 20pages, 2.1MB)

leaflet(A4, 0.6MB)

Any Concern on Gender, Sexuality or Sex is Welcome!!

Recently, a clinical psychologist specializing in issues related to gender and sexuality has been engaged to join the Human Rights Counseling team as a special advisor, as well as to advise at the Counseling Center at ICU.

As a special advisor, she is available to counsel those seeking advice and those who are troubled by problems related to gender or sexuality. She is also available to speak with anyone seeking information about support systems and medical and psychological counseling services both on and off campus. If there is something that you feel like you can't tell your friends, academic advisor or teachers, but you need someone to talk to, please feel free to make an appointment to speak with her. If it is necessary for you to also speak with a Human Rights Counselor and/or a counselor from the Counseling Center to seek assistance, she can help you with that, too. Advising is free of charge. If you have a problem that's been worrying you, no matter how small, please come and talk with her about it.

Every Tuesday, 11a.m. - 5p.m.

ERB-1, Room 318

Counseling services are available to...
ICU students (undergraduate and graduate students, kenkyuusei, OYRs) and all ICU staff

How to make an appointment
Send an email to: 
Address emails to Yoshimi Takada (special counselor) and Yuji Kato (CGS)

l Please include your name, contact information, and the date and time you'd like to make an appointment for. There is a possibility that your desired date/time may already be filled, so please provide several options.

l Each session may last up to 50 minutes per person.

l Even if you have not made an appointment, if there is an opening, it may be possible to meet with the counselor on the same day.

l Please do not try to ask for advice directly by email to this address; advice may only be requested through face-to-face appointments.

Counseling is available in
Japanese and English

Examples of topics needing advising
Discrimination and harassment related to gender and sexuality
Coming Out and associated issues
Sexual health
Pregnancy, birth and childcare issues
Issues regarding femininity and masculinity

In order to protect your privacy, consultations will be kept confidential. Counselors will seek your permission in advance if it seems appropriate to report the case to other Human Rights Advisors or to discuss it at a Human Rights Advisors' meeting. Moreover, advisors will take the utmost care not to cause you any disadvantage from your having discussed your problems with them.

Special Advisor Profile
Yoshimi Takada
ICU CLA'85. Graduate from New York University, School of Education, Health Study, Human Sexuality Program (MA). Specialized in psychological support for LGBT persons and their friends and family. She is also a member of ICU Church.

A Message from Ms. Takada
If you're having problems with something now, or there's something that's been troubling you for many years, or even if you just want to talk briefly, I'm here to listen. Please feel free to contact me any time.

The Special Counseling Center for Gender and Sexuality is run with the support of the Center for Gender Studies. If you are considering asking advice but aren't sure, please contact the Center for Gender Studies.

Poster(A3 size, PDF, 0.5MB)

Let's Talk about Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Parenting on Campus! #05

Do you think universities have nothing to do with pregnancy, childbirth and parenting? Our university, ICU, is supported by a number of people who have children such as students, lecturers, and staff. What kind of institutions and facilities are needed for parents to concentrate on their studies and work on campus and for their children to grow up healthy? While we share our various experiences and ideas with each other, we will get closer to our goal of making this university a place in which both parents and children can learn and grow. We also welcome both parents and those who wish become parents while working in future! Let's enjoy tea and confections and have a chat about parenting.

9th February (Tue.) 2016

203&204, Dialogue House, International Christian University

Free, No Appointment Necessary


Natsumi IKOMA (Director, Center for Gender Studies)

ICU Nursing Room is now accepting user applications. More information is available at the CGS upon request.


Date & Time:
November 9th (Mon) 6:00p.m. - 8:30p.m.

Coming in the middle or leaving early are both OK.
No entrance fee; no reservation necessary(but we accept donations towards tea and snacks!).

Center for Gender Studies(CGS)
ERB-I 301

Everyone, Let's Do a Fashion*Check!

Maybe there are clothes you actually want to wear. Or maybe there are clothes you absolutely don't want to wear. Maybe you feel uncomfortable having "femininity" or "masculinity" determined by clothes...etc. This month, let's gather together to talk about clothes, hair, makeup, and everything else related to fashion from a gender and sexuality perspective.

We'll enjoy tea and coffee and snacks as we talk about gender and sexuality in a relaxed atmosphere. Worries we've discussed before include:

"I might be attracted to people of the same sex as me"
"I might be attracted to both men and women"
"I have no interest in romance"
"I have a woman's body, but I want to be seen as a man"
"I have a man's body, but I want to be seen as a woman"
"I don't want others to determine my gender for me"
"I don't want to put a label on my sexual identity."

Besides these examples, if you have something else in mind and want to talk it over, please feel free to bring it up. With beverages and snacks prepared, we are waiting for you to come chat with us!

(Coordinators: Lindsay Morrison / Kato Yuji)