- 人間科学研究 (ISSN:03882152)
- no.26, pp.39-53, 2004-12-20
As I have shown in previous papers, Japanese Modern Family, which was taking shape among the new urban middle class after late Meiji period, imported and adopted the Western concept of love as its basis. But throughout the pre-war period, this concept remained as a kind of abstract and rather unreal ideal. In Shufu No Tomo(Housewife's Companion), one of the most popular magazines for women, it was the traditional word"wago"(harmony), not love, that played a key role in advising the readers on how to behave and avoid troubles in the relationship with their husbands in everyday marriage life. The principle of wago was based on male supremacy, especially when sex was concerned.