Defeated as Men, Japanese Boys Don Skirts

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by Welmer on April 19, 2010

The phenomenon of the Japanese “herbivore,” or grass eating boy, has been explored on The Spearhead before, but it has apparently been raised to a new level. Young Japanese men and boys have given up on being male, because there are only penalties for being so, and are now wearing skirts and acting like girls.

I have studied postwar Japan to a limited extent, and one of the things I learned was that feminism was never much of an issue for the postwar Japanese, because the US occupational authorities imposed suffrage and women’s rights from the top. It seems that our policy has borne fruit, and that Japanese masculinity has been severed at its root. It might be said at this point that Japan is the first true eunuch nation — surpassing even the Anglo societies that imposed feminist supremacy on the Japanese.

This problem is (obviously) not limited to the Japanese. However, in a culturally isolated island nation such as Japan, the effects might be more pronounced in some respects than in more integrated societies such as Europe, the British Commonwealth, or the US.

Although these trends may seem like cause for dismay, I don’t think “redefining masculinity” is always a bad thing. Boys and young men have a way of reinventing things when what they are faced with is awful, and it appears that being a man in Japan, with the stagnant economy, rising divorce rate and disintegration of the family is a pretty raw deal. If this silly trend of foppish and girlish behavior is actually a flat-out rejection of the role that a misandrist society has handed to men, then at least we might be a bit optimistic in that the boys are actually making some form of protest.

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Charles October 2, 2010 at 17:06

Men wore skirts as men for 1,000′s of years. We arrive at modern times after centuries of horseback riding placing men into pants, as a social force, not as “brain chemistry,” giving men the HABIT (not the “sex role”) of wearing pants—and skirts are now said, based on the simpleton’s associative reasoning, to be “female.” I suggest you research the attire habits of General Suetonius, Gaius Julius Verus Maximinus Thrax, and Alexander the Great. It may also be observed that it’s no one’s GD business what someone else wears! Ridicule comes easier than reasoning, and that’s a catastrophe. To be a sex difference, a garment must by its configuration interface only with the anatomy of one specific sex. If it interfaces with either sex (skirts/pants = leg covering variations) it’s a style difference, NOT a gender difference. By regarding women as inferior, men defeat themselves. They are left with a sex role uniform that binds their male parts with a stupid loop of material—a crotch—PANTS, named after Pantalone, the top CLOWN of the medieval Italian Commedia dell Arte.

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skirty October 16, 2010 at 22:49

i love wearin’ skirts. AND I’M A MAN!

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Pete November 27, 2010 at 18:12

Who came up with this headline, defeated men……. No, those are real men, they are confident and know very well what they are doing. And for sure, they are not just follow the crowd and hide in it. Secondly, Japan has a old tradition and culture with skirts, they were gone for 60 years now because of “westernizing”.
I would say that we must call men in skirted garments very manly with a good courage. Skirts supposed to be the main garment for men, just because of their body! But who knows that and who wants to know it? Only people which know why so many men got prostate and testicle cancer as a growing disease. And guess what….. Where is that coming from.

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