30 June 2011 ~ 35 Comments

Are Japanese school girls cute or sexy?

After reading the excellent post the Bad Boy laid down the other day on Kiddie Porn  (if you haven’t read it you’re slippin’. Here’s a link: Child Porn in Japan WTF??) I realized that it was a topic (among many) that I had been avoiding like the plague. Mostly because I knew I held opinions on the matter that could easily be misconstrued by readers with tunnel vision when it comes to such topics.

I left a comment on his post saying more than I had intended to say, moved by the passion with which the Bad Boy had made his argument against the Japanese government’s (and Japanese parents’) essential  “Don’t ask Don’t tell” policy.

What I said was:

I think  Japan is enabling child pornographers by not taking this issue much more seriously than they have… That said,  I tend to make a distinction between teens and children, where I see many people dont. They think child til adult. I know for myself I was sexually active, making life or death decisions and even fending for food for the table sometimes when I was a youth, and worldwide I know my scenario is much more common than being an emotionally immature and common sense lacking entity incapable of making responsible decisions in your best interest until 18.

Who invented that bullshit?

Though I agree with you I think you’re making certain assumptions that would fall under the Nature vs Nurture argument. I mean one can argue that naturally girls are supposed to be having sex with men of whatever age by 12 or 13 …otherwise why would they be naturally able to have children by then?

“God” apparently intended them to be doing the damn thing a lot earlier than parents (these days)would like.

Also, when is a man mature? 18 years? 20? later? Earlier? It varies right? I know a lot of men in the US and in Japan that are well into adulthood age wise but mentally and emotionally are  still children, and I knew some teens that were grown in all respects well before HS graduation. I myself was, damn near. 

But don’t get me wrong. Though I think childhood lasts wayyyyyy to fucking long I also know that according to the times we live in, and under the current zeitgeist, that Japan is dead ass wrong, and deserves to be a target for this kind of diatribe until they make some changes.

Then, yesterday, I’m cruising the hallways in my school (a Junior High school, btw…age range 13 to 16) and I come across an advertisement for a high school. An advertisement I should mention that can be found in any Junior High School in Yokohama. It’s for one of the growing number of  “Support” high schools in the area, where for about a million yen a year or so students can, as the advertisement explains, “be themselves and do what they like.” (As you can see from the type of courses offered: Anime, Futsal, Fashion, Dance, etc…)

Then I took a closer look at the ad.

Ads for high schools adorn the walls of my school every year, posted on the walls just outside of the senior class rooms. And I carefully check them out every time. Mostly because I have an insatiable desire to know what’s going on around me. Not for comparison sake as I would have in my earlier years here, but simply for understanding.

I’ve posted pictures of these ads before…feel free to check them out here: Catch The Dream!

You will notice that in those High school ads on that Catch the Dream post the girls are shot tastefully if not very conservatively. If skirt length is shown at all it’s well below the thighs approaching the knees even. And if you go anywhere in Yokohama or Tokyo you’ll see uniform skirts worn that way…maybe a good 70% or more wear the uniform conservatively. Albeit, it’s mostly the Junior high school girls but you’ll see a good number of the high school girls keeping it cute, too.

The percentage in my school is even higher, a solid 85% wear the skirt well within the parameters of the dress code (though I have no idea what they do once they’re away from the school.)

So, when I saw that ad above, shot from the back, asses barely covered (if not for that sweater wrapped around her waist I’m pretty sure that one on the right would be damn near showing glutes), purikura panchira,  I had to ask myself: Is that cute or is that sexy? Is this ad sexualizing teens or just illustrating how cute and stylish their uniforms can be?

What do you guys think?

 Loco  

PS: More to come… Y’all know me. I went ahead and asked my co-workers what they though of it. Bet you can’t guess what they said. Well, actually, maybe you can.

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35 Responses to “Are Japanese school girls cute or sexy?”

  1. Orchid64 30 June 2011 at 8:16 pm Permalink

    I distinguish between hebephilia, ephebophilia and pedophilia. I also distinguish between fetishism and actual attraction to underage people. The reason that it’s important to understand the differences is that the emotional response to people who are attracted to children, as opposed to young people entering biological sexual maturity or in the stages of it, is quite different. Sexual attraction to children is dangerous and needs to be treated in the mental health system.

    In Japan, what you find is a lot of fetishism of school girls. The imagery is meant to evoke the idea of underage girls, but the models themselves are adults. This means it is not child pornography. However, this sort of portrayal does sexualize young girls and school girls in particular. I believe it is part of what has lead to the groping culture that Japan has been battling the past decade or so (rather successfully, too).

    What Japan has is mainly depictions in line with hebephilia and ephebophilia. Arguably, we can see where such people are sexually mature in a biological sense and this would explain their desire to have sex. However, there is a big difference between two 14-year-olds wanting to get it on with each other because of their raging hormones and some 40-year-old otaku wanting to have sex with a 14-year-old. It’s the disparity between maturity that is the problem and the way in which the imagery in Japan cultivates interest in much younger people in much older people. It’s important not to get hung up in debates about sex and sexuality when considering such issues.

    Personally, I don’t care if young people have sex when they reach sexual maturity. It’s natural. It’s expected and it’s what they are meant to be doing (as you point out). However, they are not meant to be objectified and preyed upon by people who have the experience and maturity to know better. A much older person having a sexual relationship with a much younger one is likely to result in psychological damage because the relationship cannot be equal. It’s this inequality that makes the relationship verboten (IMO), not the fact that sex is involved. It’s not “wrong” because of the sex. It’s wrong because a person with knowledge and power is taking advantage of someone who is naive and powerless. A girl who is 15 and has sex with some salaryman “boyfriend” who will buy her a Coach bag will not realize what her actions will mean to her in the future, but the “boyfriend” knows precisely what it means. She will be damaged later, because she will eventually internalize the idea that she is a commodity. She consents to something, but she doesn’t have the intellectual or psychological capacity to understand the repercussions of that consent.

    I’m betting your coworkers didn’t even see anything at all in that ad. I’m guessing they didn’t think it was sexual at all and didn’t have a problem with it… but then I don’t know your coworkers very well. 😉

    • MorisatoK 30 June 2011 at 8:58 pm Permalink

      Was thinking about writing a lengthy reply to this article. Luckily you got first and saved me from that (and the other readers from my bad English, when leaving the comfort zone 😉 ). I can only sign your reply, especially the first paragraph.

      • Locohama 30 June 2011 at 11:51 pm Permalink

        Hey Morisatok, you should have written it anyway. I’m sure it would have been interesting to read. Thanks for the shout!

    • jensketch 30 June 2011 at 9:26 pm Permalink

      Wow – extremely well written reply – so much so it sort of makes it entirely moot for me to chime in with anything other than “agree!”.

      You’re so absolutely right about it being wrong because someone with power manipulating and taking advantage of someone with less power/experience.

      Loco – not everyone was an early adopter of sex 😀 I read those historical romance novels rife with soft porn descriptions of sex for years and years before I ever felt secure enough/safe enough to have sex. I was 18 when I did, and I said no to a LOT of boys before then. I should rephrase. I don’t think I was insecure to have sex. I think in fact I was supremely secure of what I wanted, and I didn’t want it with those boys. I did it when it felt so right and natural it was like breathing. I just happened to be 18.

      It doesn’t make me immature, either. Just because one choose to have sex or not – doesn’t automatically give them a badge of maturity. In fact, I suppose I think I was more mature than my classmates by choosing not to have sex with the first boy that fell on me. I knew what I wanted (thanks, Romance Novels!) and I knew I wasn’t going to get it from them.

      I don’t know. Everyone’s experience is just so vastly different from everyone else’s. I strayed off topic completely.

      Focusing on children, by adults, is /wrong/. There are no ifs, ands or buts about it.

      • Locohama 30 June 2011 at 11:49 pm Permalink

        Thanks for the shout Jen! I knew everyone wasn’t…believe I did. I got rejected so often by girls waiting for their night in shining armor or honeymoons I could almost tell who was going to jerk me around and who was&’t. lol

  2. Orchid64 30 June 2011 at 8:32 pm Permalink

    Sorry, I wandered around there and ended it before I reached the ultimate point. That is that this sort of advertising panders to those with an interest in underage girls. When that interest is pandered to, it inflames it (no pun intended, but one really is just sitting there) and increases the likelihood that such interest will be acted upon. This is an assertion that may be disputed because studies have shown that exposure to pornography decreases the probability of rape occurring in a culture, but that is apples and oranges and I’ve always found the search for such links odd (Why should looking at sex lead to an act of violence? Rape isn’t about sex but about violence.). Exposure to pornography does increase the chance of sexual activity and sexualizing young girls creates an atmosphere which says it is okay to be attracted to them and act on that attraction. It normalizes it and removes social inhibitions. That’s why this stuff shouldn’t be so open and present in Japan.

    • Locohama 30 June 2011 at 11:45 pm Permalink

      As always Orchid, spot on! Thank you so much for the response!

      • Blue Shoe 1 July 2011 at 10:09 pm Permalink

        I agree, great reply by Orchid. I also think the age difference (mostly due to age and power) is the big problem, regardless of my feelings about sex. Even if it weren’t sexual, that kind of intimate fascination with someone so much younger just seems wrong.

    • Gaijinass 11 July 2011 at 9:12 pm Permalink

      I don’t agree with this really popular concept that Rape is about Violence. I think it’s often about Dominance and perhaps Violence is a vehicle to facilitate that final stage of control. I also think that these attempts to cram all Rapists into very broad and awkwardly fitting categories is a mistake and interferes with any sort of rehabilitation or therapy that might be going on.

      Anyway great Comments.

  3. Chris B 30 June 2011 at 9:19 pm Permalink

    Man…when did I become a prude?? That girl on the left…I can see the beginnings of her ass…The pose, the length…Goddamn.

    I played doctor and got my dick wet and tongue wet when I was with 9 with another 9 year old nympho…we did it EVERYWHERE and eventually got caught. I asked the Mom who caught me…via Facebook b4 I stopped using it if she was still mad…no answer….LOL.

    I think that poster is literally skirting the edge of acceptability…within millimeters.

    • Locohama 30 June 2011 at 11:47 pm Permalink

      LMAO!! I remember those days!
      Yeah, that poster crossed a line I think! Time to gather a posse and go string us up some advertisers!
      Thanks for the shout yo!

  4. kathryn 1 July 2011 at 12:01 am Permalink

    To be honest, I’d have not noticed anything wrong with the poster if you hadn’t pointed it out.

    • Locohama 1 July 2011 at 12:40 am Permalink

      Yeah, it’s actually petty easy to miss in this day and age. Especially in Japan. it’s practically the usual. Thanks for the shout (-;

      • kathryn 1 July 2011 at 9:47 am Permalink

        I think not just Japan but definitely in Australia and, I’m sure the US, young girls will wear their skirts as short as possible. It’s one of the first steps in the whole process of — wow, if I do this, boys will act stupid!

        • Locohama 1 July 2011 at 10:03 am Permalink

          Hey Katheryn! Yep, boys do act stupid with hiked up skirts in the vicinity. I know I did. The issue wasn’t with girls wearing teir skirts hiked so much as it was with advertisers- for a HS no less- posting pics of skirts worn that way, and the school-a JHS- posting it on the wall. The issue, to me, was that this high school was using “virtually” sexy pics to entice at least boys and probably girls as well (with the freedom to “dress as they please” the pics suggest)…and the school’s (and by extension the society’s) conscious or unconscious endorsement of this style of appeal and subtle sexualization of teen girls. Maybe it’s just one of many syougannai things, here and in the US (and Australia as you say.) Like you said, it’s a process, where boys will be boys and girls will most certainly be girls, as well.
          Thanks for the shout!

        • a. 3 July 2011 at 11:44 am Permalink

          I was going to comment how this happens in Australia as well so I’m glad I’m not the only one to think so.
          As a public school student I often noticed how the girls who exposed themselves (short skirts, blouse too tight/see through) got more attention not only from boys their age, but male teachers as well. And a lot of young female teachers came through my school as well who acted the same.
          So lots of people can ask what the hell are parents doing but I think we need to ask the same of teachers.

          • Locohama 3 July 2011 at 11:50 am Permalink

            Thanks for the shout Amy! Yeah I’m sure it happens wherever there are teens, and parents and teachers lol

  5. Ronnie 1 July 2011 at 1:08 am Permalink

    Very interesting subject. It brings to mind discussions that I’ve had on African American teenage girls and older men. A happening that seems to be common and basically brushed under the carpet for the most part. And something that I experienced as a teenager (and have written about). I have to agree with many of your points and a few of the above commenters in the idea that it really isn’t the sex that is wrong. Some people are ready for that sort of thing earlier than others. What I find wrong is the power that an older partner holds over a teenage sex partner. And the damage that it does to the teenager in the long run.

    • Locohama 1 July 2011 at 10:27 am Permalink

      Thnaks Ronnie! Yeah, I myself was at the opposite end of that, having had an older woman in love with me. It was just the experience I was after. Not love. Just sex…and something to talk about wiith my friends. In the end, however, I wound up breaking her heart (at least that’s what she claimed when i said I met someone my own age and was pulling up stakes) and I guess maybe I have some “psychological damage” as a result of the experience but i also have some pleasant memories of a great teacher in the study hall of life.
      Thanks for the shout love!

  6. Usageunit 1 July 2011 at 2:05 am Permalink

    Of course, the root of the problem is the disparity between “social childhood” and “physical childhood”. Historically, the two had always been mostly in sync until the modern age. Most animals mature sexually within only a year or two of birth; the whole reason it takes humans so long is because a child’s mind is better at learning than an adult’s. Evolutionarily, the smarter humans outcompeted the dumber ones, and the smarter ones were the ones who had longer (physical) childhoods and matured later, pushing back sexual maturity to where it is today. The problem then cropped up when society started developing so fast that evolution couldn’t keep up with it. We have so much to learn as children these days that we’ve had to extend social childhood far beyond physical childhood, and thus the problems.

    So then is it bad to sexualize sexually mature “children”? If we’re talking about thoughts rather than actions, I don’t think so. Not any more than first-person shooters are bad compared to murder. And, completely in opposition to Bad Boy’s post, I would extend that view into actual child pornograhpy too (even of sexually immature children). Possession of kiddie porn is just a thought crime. Possession does no harm to any children and I also don’t think that possession makes anyone more likely to commit actual crimes against children. Obviously I don’t extend this amnesty to producers or suppliers tho. (For brevity I’ll leave out correlation vs. causation and supply and demand arguments.)

    Now as for actual relationships with sexually mature “children”, I think most of us agree that there’s no problem if it’s children with other children, so then what’s the difference when it’s with adults? As long as the relationship is on the level of the younger partner and not exploitative, I see no difference. Is it creepy and gross? Sure, to some people. I think gay sex is gross too, but I still voted for gay marriage. The argument then is whether it’s possible for the relationship to be on the child’s level and be nonexploitative.

    Is there a high potential for adults to abuse their socially superior position and push children into doing things they don’t want to do? Probably, but let’s not forget that boys are just as good at pushing equal-age girls into things in the same manner. But if that position isn’t abused, where’s the harm? Is there still a subconcious undercurrent of coercion, simply because of the age disparity, such that the younger partner expects that the older partner wants sex or whatever, without the older partner ever actually indicating such? Sure, that’s possible, altho we can argue that the older partner ought to be responsable enough to be aware of that and respond accordingly. And, again, the same problem exists with equal-age partners.

    When we get down to the practicalities of the matter, I totally agree that most adult/child relationships are probably exploitative to some extent. Blatently pressuring the younger partner into sex is obviously harmful. Offering the younger partner money to do so is the same. I’m less sure about the cases where children solicit the money themselves tho. I think the vast majority of girls who do enjou kousai are probably not psychologically harmed by it. And as for just pictures like in Loco’s post, I don’t think they push children to sexualize or commodify themselves anymore than advertisements featuring sexy women in general. It makes no difference if it’s schoolgirls on a high school advertisement or middle-aged actresses on a movie poster, the girls are going to try to emulate them either way. I don’t think it makes any difference for adults viewing the posters either. Either they already sexualize schoolgirls or they don’t, and the poster’s not going to change that. And whether or not it “enflames” those who already do, I think that still doesn’t appreciably increase their “risk” to children.

    And as to the original question: is the poster “sexy” or “cute”? It’s both. It’s sexy to the girls who want to be sexy. It’s cute to the girls who want to be cute. Either way it does the job of an advertisement in saying “This is the kind of girl you want to be, and she goes to our school!”

    • Locohama 1 July 2011 at 6:43 am Permalink

      Usageunit you say? Is this your first time posting here? Anyway, nice comment. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the matter. Wow. Really well thought out.

      • Usageunit 1 July 2011 at 12:56 pm Permalink

        Yeah, it’s my first post. (And what a post!) I just started following you recently and am usually more of a lurker, but there are just a couple of topics that I tend to be outspoken on…

        • Locohama 1 July 2011 at 1:13 pm Permalink

          Well, welcome to my place in the sun! I love readers! And thinkers. And especially writers (don’t ask me why) So, whether you lurk or comment, doesn’t matter. You might wanna click on that box on the side bar addrssed to new visitors. There are some posts there on topics that might also get you smacking them keys around, who knows? (-;
          Thanks again for the great contribution to this discussion!
          Loco

  7. Verity 1 July 2011 at 11:18 am Permalink

    Well written comment Usageunit but I think maybe there are some things I would like to respond to.

    “Of course, the root of the problem is the disparity between ‘social childhood’ and ‘physical childhood’.”

    I couldn’t have said it better. It’s true these days the physical body matures much faster than the mind. Whether that was the case in the past I can’t say, but today, right now, this is how it is.

    “Possession does no harm to any children”

    Here I disagree. It think it does because it creates a demand. The higher the demand the more children — children who may or may not be physically mature but as we agreed above are not socially mature — who are involved. I think children, and yes thinking back on my high school days teenagers, and even some university students, are easy to manipulate if you know how. Adults, a little less so.

    “Now as for actual relationships with sexually mature “children”, I think most of us agree that there’s no problem if it’s children with other children, so then what’s the difference when it’s with adults?”

    Again I will refer to socialization. The potential for exploitation is much higher here. In our society there is a clear line between child and adult, with the expectation the adults are dominant and children submissive. In my case I was taught outright to obey adults, and I believe the majority of children receive the same socialization. They must respect their parents, teachers, policemen etc. I think it’s easy for an adult to manipulate a child in a relationship. Adults are manipulated and strung along and abandoned by other adults in relationships all the time, and that’s while knowing what to expect. I think the manipulation increases exponentially when the adult/child dynamic is involved. In general, an adult has better grasp of how modern society works and how to interact with other people than a child. A child that knows more or the equal of an adult is the exception. And to change or challenge the current societal rules to suit what is merely an exception makes no sense to me.

    • Usageunit 1 July 2011 at 1:23 pm Permalink

      Re: possession vs. supply and demand
      I did purposefully leave out supply and demand to shorten my already overlong post, but since it’s come up, I’ll reply. When money’s involved (i.e. buying kiddie porn) supply and demand fully apply. Buying kiddy porn is bad, period. Usually tho, its production is just a side effect of the original abuse. The abuser abuses, takes pics for self-satisfaction, and then posts them to the net. In such a case, it doesn’t matter if there’s a demand or not, the supply will be created anyway. In that case, possession doesn’t matter.

      Re: domination and manipulation
      I totally agree. My point was only to say that adult/child relationships *can* work, but only if the adult is especially careful to defuse any potential domination (which is usually not the case). And even then, besides dyadic psychological factors, there’s still social repercussions to deal with.

      • Will 1 July 2011 at 3:53 pm Permalink

        “In my case I was taught outright to obey adults, and I believe the majority of children receive the same socialization.” Yes, to a certain degree.

        “They must respect their parents, teachers, policemen etc.”
        Yep, I hear you (personally, I try to avoid the ‘must’ word).

        “I think it’s easy for an adult to manipulate a child in a relationship.”
        Especially by a parent who may have been police…which is where my needle gets drug across that record. Blue walls of silence (nobody likes a snitch).

        For anyone whose had what may be considered a hard dose of reality earlier on than most, the idea of respecting people simply because of the position a person assumes in society kind of falls on its face. Not that teaching kids to respect their elders is somehow bad. It’s just the question of dealing with misbehavior of people who call themselves elders.

        But, for the most part, while not committing the cardinal sin of making a generalization, having respect for elders is okay. I’m not about to knock anyone for it…I’m just not ready to necessarily champion that idea either.

        This is where the idea of working as a teacher starts to get serious. If I’m not about to tow the line for the sake of just getting along (not really being considered a member of the dysfunctional family anyway), how do I teach kids what they may need to know while maintaining integrity? Without selling my soul, so to speak.

        In my experience so far, this society, happens to be geared in a way that condones dishonesty in a way that hasn’t been easy for me to grasp. Anne Wilson Schaef’s “When Society Becomes An Addict” was suggested for me to read by someone who heard me trying to deal with the dishonesty. Here goes. Apparently, in Schaef’s view, there are three levels of lying.

        Lying to oneself (which makes honesty with others impossible).
        Lying to others (a family system that leads to the next step).
        Lying to the world (where the country tries to be looked at as the most stable and upstanding…”putting on a good front even though chaos reigns at home”).

        So, what I’m saying is, maybe this could be part of the reason why a number of people are bothered by what they see. Because we’ve been through something that seems to have required a level of honesty (I’m still far from the ideal) there are folks who are geared toward the, “Hey, did you just see that?”

        Anyway, these are just thought and maybe a bit of information to throw out there. Good to know where people are coming from. And thank you for your patience if you’ve managed to read this far.

        “The potential for exploitation here is much higher…”
        Yes, I do see that.

        Right to the point. Good observation.

        Thank you.

  8. Will 1 July 2011 at 12:47 pm Permalink

    Gut punch. Really. And Orchid’s comments help me realize why some things bother me to the point that situations could have easily gone beyond the confrontational level that is just below physical violence.

    It all has to do with the abuse of power. Some of us, due to our value systems (that are not always that easy to articulate), are a little more than bothered by people who assume a title and appear, through their actions, to exploit the advantages of their social position (which is nothing new). The rub is having to deal with these people who, possibly due to their insecurities, grab at the power and want enjoy all of the privileges and none of the responsibility. Phenomenal what a person will do when they believe you are getting to close to their steaming bowl-full of unearned praise. Dealing with an addict in denial is no fun. And cleaning up afterward is no more enjoyable either.

    Okay, some people may just say, “That’s the way it is” and to “get yours while you can.” I am no rat. A dag, maybe, but not a rat.

    It comes down to deceit. I’m not good at it. I don’t think that way.
    Telling the truth and being truthful (though not always a painless process) is, according to people like Mother Theresa (says my wife) the source of so many messes in the world. Besides, if you don’t tell lies, more memory and brain power is freed up for other more creative stuff.

    Deceiving people who don’t know better, in my books, is not a good thing.

    I agree with Orchid when she says,”It’s wrong because a person with knowledge and power is taking advantage of someone who is naive and powerless.”

    I hesitate at the point where her comment states,”A girl who is 15 and has sex with some salaryman“boyfriend” who will buy her a Coach bag will not realize what her actions will mean to her in the future, but the “boyfriend” knows precisely what it means.”

    I hesitate.

    I hesitate not because I condone such activity. The hesitation comes from a little voice that says, “Hey…they both may know damn well what they are doing.” That’s my step-off point before my understanding of reality starts to unravel, but just a little.

    Stepping outside the comfort zone.

    That’s also a reason why I find value in the asking of such questions and taking part in exchanges with people willing to bring up these kinds of issues. My bottom line is, if you don’t practice it, don’t preach it. I’ve got a ton of respect for people who are straight with themselves.

    And I’ve still got a lot to learn.

    Thanks for your time.

  9. Eddie 1 July 2011 at 2:54 pm Permalink

    You know whats funny is that Japan is currently trying to get a permanent seat on the U.N. And they just legalized kiddie porn……..

    • Locohama 1 July 2011 at 3:22 pm Permalink

      What’s funnier is the US has a permanent seat and they try kids as adults and place them in cells with adult convicts…now THAT’S funny!

      • Will 1 July 2011 at 4:01 pm Permalink

        Glad to see no one’s lost their sense of humor. Kind of funny how the best kind of comedy always seems to be simply telling the truth.

  10. Marie 1 July 2011 at 9:58 pm Permalink

    Picking up on the ‘short skirt = sexualized’ concept, aren’t we overlooking our own cultural shortcuts?
    Is a short skirt seen as THAT sexy in Japan? Don’t get me wrong: I am not saying the male biological response to a piece of a**e is different between continents. But haven’t you noticed Japanese girls will more easily show the entire length of their legs than the littlest bit of cleavage? (I wrote a short article on that phenomenon here: http://webloginjapan.com/2011/06/wardrobe-check/)
    So we are quite shocked at the tiny skirts on the ad above, but would it be possible that the Japanese public would be more accepting of that (and not considering it overly sexual)?

  11. MarkS 1 July 2011 at 11:22 pm Permalink

    Don’t take the following as anything more than personal conjecture. If anything, I’m looking for opinions from people who have spent time living in Japan and have a more informed opinion.

    As an outsider it seems to me that a lot of Japanese men have a problem dealing with mature, intelligent, confident women. Ok, this is true of a lot of men in a lot of countries but the latest study I read on sexual equality had Japan coming in at number 37. Pretty sad for a modern country.

    I see a report on NHK about executive advancement programs and in the company they reported on, there were plenty of women employees but not a single woman was included in their “fast track” program for advancement.

    I just get the feeling that some men in Japan feel threatened by independent women and this gives a rise to an interest in younger girls.

  12. Japan Australia 15 July 2011 at 1:01 pm Permalink

    I wouldn’t have noticed anything until you pointed it out. I guess you kind of get used to it in Japan and stuff like this is very typical. They do have a cute image and I guess the poster wants to point this out. Cute is always seen as cool in Japan!!

    Japan Australia

    • Locohama 15 July 2011 at 3:44 pm Permalink

      Yeah…it I were working in a HS I wouldn’t have noticed either probably. But I work in JHS so it stood out a bit. I’m no conservative…I mean, not really all that conservative anyway.


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