Enlightenment Geisha: The Sex Trade, Education, and Feminine Ideals in Early Meiji Japan

  title={Enlightenment Geisha: The Sex Trade, Education, and Feminine Ideals in Early Meiji Japan},
  author={Amy Beth Stanley},
  journal={The Journal of Asian Studies},
  pages={539 - 562}
  • A. Stanley
  • Published 1 August 2013
  • Education
  • The Journal of Asian Studies
During the mid-1870s, fearing the legal innovations of a “civilized” state, geisha and their employers recast Tokugawa-era practices of civic engagement and educational attainment in the language of enlightenment. Proprietors built schools intended to transform geisha into productive and moral mothers, and geisha donated to local educational institutions and suggested that their own studies would lead to self-sufficiency and freedom. These efforts associated geisha with the values of… 

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