Feminism Kills Japanese Libido?
Japan is dead last in sexual satisfaction. Some blame feminism.
- Singles aged 18-34 who don’t want a romantic relationship: Men: 28% Women: 23%
- Singles aged 16 to 24 who are uninterested in sexual relationships: Women: 45% Men: 25%
“Grass-eating boys” or “herbivores,” as the guys are called, have no real interest in:
- sex or a relationship
- a career
- most material things
Feminism’s to blame?
Some folks blame feminism. Here’s their reasoning:
As women assume more responsibility at work the balance of power between the sexes shifts, leaving men uninterested in sex, relationships, career, and material things.
On the other hand:
- Feminism typically leads to higher levels of sexual satisfaction
- No other country fits this pattern.
So something else must be going on.
Is the problem a half-changed and work-driven world? The Washington Post points out:
- Japan is extremely unusual in that it is highly educated and wealthy but still has some of the worst systemic gender inequality in the world
- Japan’s punishing corporate culture makes it almost impossible to combine a career and family responsibilities
- Children are unaffordable unless both parents work
Maybe people just give up.
Introversion meets virtual reality
I’m an introvert and I value many of our qualities. We have rich inner lives and our ability to spend time alone and concentrate helps us to excel in the sciences, writing and creative work.
But we have tendencies to draw into ourselves. One reason I need to teach is that it forces me out of my little self-cave. Thomas Jefferson may have had the same penchant. In a letter, he tells one of his daughters to make regular social visits to avoid the family tendency of drawing too tightly into themselves.
Asian cultures tend to encourage introverted qualities like quiet and contemplation.
And it’s not uncommon for Japanese teens to shut themselves in their rooms when they get home from school. After all, they’ve got their TVs, stereos and game consoles in their bedrooms. Complete with online porn, virtual reality “girlfriends,” and anomie cartoons. Put it altogether and Japan has a higher level of “shut-ins” or recluses than other countries.
The Japanese are fretting over reproducing the next generation. But feminism isn’t the problem so much as a punishing work ethic that leaves no time for family and relationships. Plus “shut-ins” content with virtual reality.
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Posted on July 13, 2015, in feminism, men, pornography, psychology, sex and sexuality, sexism, women and tagged feminism, grass-eating boys, Japan, men, pornography, psychology, sex, sexism, sexuality, women. Bookmark the permalink. 29 Comments.