etc.books is a Tokyo-based publishing house specializing in feminist-related writings. Founded in 2018 and quickly launching the Japanse-language feminist magazine etc., the company publishes content including feminist literature, children’s books, as well as academic monographs.
CEO Akiko Matsuo founded etc.books after working as an editor at a major publishing company, where she published a range of books on gender and feminism. As part of the ongoing battle against sexual violence and abuse, Akiko is one of the organizers of Flower Demo, part of Japan’s #MeToo movement, which began in 2019.
The company was named by feminist author Aoko Matsuda, referencing the “illimitable et cetera” in Judith Butler’s Gender Trouble. In this vein, the name etc.books bears the meaning of conveying the voices of women who have been hitherto regarded as “other” in patriarchal and male-dominated society – the illimitable voice of the feminist.
The company’s biannual feminist magazine etc. features a guest editor for each issue. Themes covered so far include: adult magazines sold in Japanese convenience stores; a special feature on Yoko Tajima, Japan’s preeminent feminist; My Body My Choice; Japanese feminist movements countering the right-wing gender backlash; gender in sports; and the plight of displaced socially vulnerable people. etc. has gained readers as a magazine that considers feminism from both familiar and diverse themes.
Examples of etc.books publications thus far include Masako Makino’s research book What is CHIKAN: Sociology of Damage and False Charges, exposing the serious sexual violence problem known as chikan (groping esp. on public transport) in Japanese society; translations including bell hooks’ Feminism Is for Everybody: Passionate Politics; Carmen Maria Machado’s collection of queer fantasy short stories Her Body and Other Parties; and A Girl and a Boy: How to be a nice person, a picture book from South Korea that aims to liberate readers from notions of gender dualism.
In 2022, etc.books opened the etc.books bookshop in Shindaita, Tokyo, featuring feminist works from all times and places. We intend to maintain this place as a meeting-point for feminists and sexual and gender minorities, as well as a place to center our activism.
What is CHIKAN: Sociology of Damage and False Charge
Feminism Is for Everybody: Passionate Politics
translated by Midori Hotta
Her Body and Other Parties
Carmen Maria Machado
translated by Eimi Ozawa, Miwako Ozawa, Sachiko Kishimoto, Aoko Matsuoda
A Girl and a Boy: How to be a nice person
Youn Eun Joo, Lee Hae Jeong
translated by Seungmi