Volume 3 of Koike Kazuo and Yoshitani Keiji’s High School Student Ruffian (1971-73). Seinen manga’s favorite teenage rapist finds himself in the countryside privy to the shooting of a porn film. At first he waxes poetic about the chase scene he witnesses: “The contrast of black and white upon the snowy wilderness . . . the aesthetics of a fashion-conscious rape!” But when the male lead falters, this phony rape play fills him (a seasoned vet of the real thing) with disdain. He convinces the director to hire him instead. Take one: he tears off the woman’s clothing too quickly for the camera. When the director reprimands him, he retorts with a detailed explanation about how getting a woman’s panties off quickly is rule one for a successful assault. Take two: his perfect choreography and blocking make it clear to the directors that he is no amateur. The female lead cries desperately when he tries to penetrate her – crossing the line from performance to reality. He’s surprised to find her vagina blocked with a rubber strip. After all, he might be a pro, but he’s not an actor. After the director pays him for a job well done and sends him on his way, he privately complains about his manhood being used like a commodity and disses the woman’s lack of authentic humanity. Requiring satisfaction, he dupes the woman into giving him a ride back to the city under the ruse of wanting to discuss the “logic and aesthetics of rape” with an intelligent creature like herself. Citing Plato, he convinces her that rape is only the natural extension of a man’s right to decide when and with whom he will have sex, his right to rectify a reality that doesn’t match with his desires. “Rape is the only way for a man to regain his subjectivity from a woman,” he explains in conclusion, before doing just that to her in the driver’s seat of her car. Well done, Koike Kazuo! Happy to see you are putting your knowledge of Western philosophy and (as in volume 2) radical leftwing political discourse to constructive use. Our hero shrugs his shoulders at the end, because for a good ole boy like him it’s all just a joke.
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