There is something very, very wrong with some aspects Japanese culture. We've all heard the stories of women being secondary in their country, even going as far as having the myth of the submissive geisha girl making its way into our country (maybe as the first story of Japan we had ever heard as children) and becoming the masturbatory aid for a generation of internet geeks. So it should be no surprise that many American males have a thing for Asian women. Who wouldn't want a cute, little 18-year-old in a schoolgirl outfit waiting on your every sexual need?
Let me preface this with the following: gender roles are a tricky thing on the men's side of things. I constantly have porn forwarded to me from male acquaintances, and I grin and bear it out of fear of being labeled a fag, keeping up a macho facade. I've never really understood the appeal of porn. Sex is a private matter between consenting adults and I always feel like they're trivializing that, and that I'm intruding on a personal moment.
So a few weeks ago, one of the biggest perpetrators of this mass porn forwarding sent me something that I reacted to at first with confusion, then disgust, then disbelief. Apparently, there is a series of videos available in Japan that someone saw fit to import to America. The videos cover an assortment of topics, produced by an assortment of companies, from an assortment of different medias. Each tackles a certain fetish and use Japanese women as the targets. Here are a few of the more head-scratching examples, with the actual descriptions from the site (keep in mind that some of the videos are staged and the featured people are actors, but the ones I am listing below are real men doing real things to real men; and fair warning, these are quite perverse):
Skirt Ripping and Stealing (A Four-Part Series)
Well, in [previous videos], at least the ladies clothes are still usable after the attack. In this video, the skirts are quit literally ripped off of 31 ladies, leaving them standing in the street with only panties from the waist down (a wonderful fashion trend in my view!). The world is a scary place when you don't have a skirt or pants to wear! For fans of this genre, this is an excellent video. Highly recommended!
I often give thanks that there are strict gun control laws in Japan - for if the women ever armed themselves, it would be curtains for these guys. In this video, 33 women are "bagged" - that is, they are wearing either long skirts or one piece dresses and some guy sneaks up behind them, lifts the dress from its hem up and over her head and tries to fasten it there, leaving the women both totally helpless and totally exposed! There is a certain elegance to a woman walking down the street in a long skirt - it definitely feels as if they are self assured - extremely confident and then suddenly, everyone can see the panties and bras that they decided to wear that day and they are helpless from stopping the great views. None of the women take the obvious step of taking the garment off, fixing it then putting it back on - choosing instead to struggle for our pleasure. All of the baggings take place outdoors in fairly public places. A truly outstanding video!
There was one other I wanted to bring up, but I won't post the entire description because it's really just heinous, but the gist of it is they take an athletic woman, put her up against several athletic men, and have fights. If she can last a full ten minutes against the men without giving up or being pinned, then she is free to go and wins a prize. If they lose, the men get to molest her. All of them. At once.
So basically, the Japanese are using sexual assault and humiliation as a means of not just entertainment, but for pornography, as well. And not just simulated sexual assault. But full-blown, man taking advantage of women assault. Of course, the faces of the men are blurred in the videos as to protect their identities, lest they face public embarrassment.
I know that American cinema uses female embarrassment for humor very often in goofy teen comedies, but I have never heard of a modernized culture thinking so low of women and caring so little of their decency as to actually use Candid Camera-style filmmaking to take advantage of them, then release it for horny, lonely people to get off on. I really can't wrap my brain around anyone who would think this is a good idea, but maybe a more insidious thought would be the fact that there seems to be a big market for these videos and that this particular site is doing really well.
I did my best to find anything about laws regarding sexual assault in Japan, but in my searches, I unsurprisingly came across a plethora of hentai and bukakke sites. So I got pretty frustrated and gave up. But my guess is that that kind of public assault is strictly outlawed like it is here. These guys are just really good at not getting caught.
There you have it. Japanese men are victimizing these poor Japanese women under the pretense of pornography so Americans can live vicariously through them and watch something that I'm sure many wish they were able to do. I will never complain about American porn ever again.
NOTE: I am not implying that these Japanese men are committing these offenses because of their ethnicity, but because of the patriarchy that exists in that country, as well. I apologize for any insensitivity that may have been perceived.