Sexlessness is changing from Japan's local issue to a global issue, but people don't have much clue what caused the issue and try to find the answer in economical reasons. The true reason is postwar occupation feminism. Westerners have an idea that Japan is 100 years behind of West in terms of feminism, but Japan women used to be more free than Western women. The feminism pushed into the Japanese family by the occupation army took father's authority away, and boys lost chances to learn how to be a man. They also lost hope on women and making family and became otakus. Otakus are Japanese geeks, and today half of the Japanese boys grow up to be otakus, and it also caused growing number of women unable to find partners. Incels and MGTOWs are Western equivalent of otakus, but Westerners are not aware they are the victims of Western feminism. Denial of sex is denial of meaning of our existence as human being and a way to extinction, but many of us are not aware of it.
First narrative: Japanese are wired
40 years old virgin is nothing special in today's Japan. 25% of unmarried Japanese men of age 35-40 is still virgin, and 33% of unmarried Japanese women of age 35-40 is still virgin according to a government survey(source). It was around 10 years ago when Westerners started to notice about Japan's sexlessness problem, but they didn't take it as a warning sign and rather enjoyed the narrative that Japanese were wired, strange, and of pervert.
Second narrative: tough economy
Then they thought the problem was because of tough economy
Japan’s population is shrinking.
The blame has long been put on Japan’s young people, who are accused of not having enough sex, and on women, who, the narrative goes, put their careers before thoughts of getting married and having a family.
But there’s another, simpler explanation for the country’s low birth rate, one that has implications for the U.S.: Japan’s birth rate may be falling because there are fewer good opportunities for young people, and especially men, in the country’s economy.
Seems cautionary, but no clue
It was recent when they found millennials and Gen Z were having less sex than previous generation and started to think Japan's problem was also their problem, but they are still having difficult time figuring out why younger generation are not interested in sex. The writer mentioned 19 possible reasons for younger generation's sexlessness from hook up culture to obesity.
"Why Are Young People Having So Little Sex?" The Atlantic Dec 2018
Early on, most Western accounts of all this had a heavy subtext of “Isn’t Japan wacky?” This tone has slowly given way to a realization that the country’s experience might be less a curiosity than a cautionary tale.
Over the course of many conversations with sex researchers, psychologists, economists, sociologists, therapists, sex educators, and young adults, I heard many other theories about what I have come to think of as the sex recession. I was told it might be a consequence of the hookup culture, of crushing economic pressures, of surging anxiety rates, of psychological frailty, of widespread antidepressant use, of streaming television, of environmental estrogens leaked by plastics, of dropping testosterone levels, of digital porn, of the vibrator’s golden age, of dating apps, of option paralysis, of helicopter parents, of careerism, of smartphones, of the news cycle, of information overload generally, of sleep deprivation, of obesity. Name a modern blight, and someone, somewhere, is ready to blame it for messing with the modern libido.
The reason Japanese people stopped having sex is neither their weird culture nor unemployment. It is because of postwar occupation feminism. Westerners have an idea that Japan is a country of misogyny and patriarchy and 100 years behind the West in terms of feminism, and it's difficult for them to think Japan is having excessive feminism. It is, however, a great myth. When the middle age Christian missionaries came to Japan for the first time, they were surprised how feminist country Japan was. Japanese are feminists in their own way. They just have different culture from the West. The history of the West is history of war, and women in the West used to be war trophies. Western women of middle age didn't have as much freedom as Japanese women had.
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