“Gentle ‘herbivores’ reject long workweeks, consumerism”

This article in today’s Washington Post fits in perfectly with our earlier discussions of Asian men being represented as feminine and nonsexual.  The article describes the current generation of young Japanese males as less ambitious in pursuing careers and sexual relations than they should be, according to society.

The article describes this group as “mild, frugal, sweet-mannered men.”  It also says this generation works less and engages in less sex than older generations.  They are also described as caring too much about their clothing and are paralleled to what is known as a ‘metrosexual’ in the U.S.

3 Responses to ““Gentle ‘herbivores’ reject long workweeks, consumerism””

  1. mscanlon Says:

    Thanks, Frances! I saw this and wanted to link to it also. What I LOVE about the article is the terminology of herbivore vs. carnivore, where meat-eating is associated with traditional masculinity (in this article, being a work-driven, over-drinking consumer, as far as I can tell)– very funny connection to Ozeki!

  2. kfabie Says:

    As a funny contrast to your article, Frances, here is an article from the New York Times last week about Japanese women (and other nationalities as well) who are entering the sport of sumo wrestling. The photo of the Japanese women wrestlers creates quite a juxtaposition to the photo of the “metrosexual” Japanese male in the Post article.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/19/sports/19iht-SUMO.html

  3. Frances Womble Says:

    This is a good contrast, Kathleen! It also makes an interesting parrallel though. The Post article briefly mentioned that Japanese women are more aggressive in the workplace now than Japanese men. There seems to be a trend saying Japanese men are becming more feminine, and Japanese women are becoming more masculine . . .

    On a different note, I find the old custom described where Japanese women sumo wrestled blind men for entertainment for other men extremely disturbing.


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