Obatarian’s agency (in Japanese)

Obatarians refer to those middle-aged and older Japanese women who become scary bitter “monsters” and fearlessly blunt, rude, etc. 

With more choices and freedoms, many Japanese women seriously search and struggle to find their own identities and new roles besides being nice housewives and caretakers.  Though, instead of pursuing higher education or career-track jobs, certain women (the reservoir of future obatarians ?) choose to settle down to a life of domesticity that may be the ultimate source of power, authority, and agency for them …

When a woman is obatarianized, she even takes the role of a watchdog of “the tyranny of conformism that may make it difficult for members of a community to opt for other styles of living” (Amartya Sen, Identity and Violence, 2006, p. 117).

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