Comments on: Trends in Japan 2009: changing gender roles Taking the pulse of trends, trend-watchers and trendmakers in Japan. Thu, 07 Nov 2013 08:29:40 +0000 hourly 1 By: Merilee Sun, 15 Aug 2010 05:20:21 +0000 Here’s a shocking idea: if women are getting more preoccupied with their careers, then their husbands can start help out more with the kids?! Seriously people. Women’s Suffrage movement, which can be seen as one of the starting points of feminism, is partly created for the purpose of PROTECTING the family from abusive husbands. I don’t see how keeping one entire gender subdued, economically/politically powerless and behind closed doors lead to happy families. By your logic Saudi Arabia and Aghanistan should produce the happiest families on earth. Low birthrate is a product of post-industrial, developed countries,no matter the culture, as having children become more of a financial burden rather than a provision of future economic security.
Also, the notion that feminism wrought utter destruction of the nuclear family in the west is a myth. Western parents are devoted to their kids. In the West there are strict laws ensuring the welfare of women and children in whether during marriage or after divorce. More so than Japan, husbands in the West actively participate in raising kids and engage in romantic interactions with their wives. Behaviours like going out drinking with business clients and chasing high school girls are less tolerated. Wouldn’t this be enforcing family values?

By: Jani Sun, 07 Feb 2010 16:04:08 +0000 I beg to differ Ecoute…

Up here in Finland families/couples are not too happy, infact we’re among the top 10 in divorce rating (, although I note that the two other countries are absent from this list. I do realise that divorce rates are subject to the surrounding culture, and indeed I will agree with you that equality and freedom thereof that also allow easier exit from unsatisfactory marriage will result generally in more happy individuals – but I cannot see that it as such would directly affect happiness of families.

Birth rate is low (1.88, 1.80 or 1.83 respectively against population sustaining rate of 2.11 (Japan 1.27) source; – or if you prefer natality values see I would suggest that factors different and more complex than sexual liberation and equality are at play, given that statistics would in fact indicate higher birth rates in countries that have neither.

Also, I find it ironical that birth-control pill is widely considered the herald of sexual revolution, the other proposed culprit for suggested high birth rates – empowering drug that allowed women to choose between family and career/other pursuits (or at very least control the time and partner for family). Something which dramatically affected birth rates.

Coming back to the blog, this effimination, as I see it, appears to bear the hallmarks of commercialised furore rather than any driving force to change anything fundamental in the society. Much like here the cosmetic brands all together tried to open up new markets with incessant bombardment in the media, cosmetics for men. Some went with it, most didn’t, and eventually it more or less died out. …and something else came next.

Honestly, I wasn’t aware that Japan is in need of a sexual liberation. This is most likely due my own limited understanding of everyday life there, regardless of my interest on the culture. I shall try to improve upon this…

What comes to bending gender roles, my hunch personally is that even if it may linger of for few years, it will eventually just fade away into the margins of society. In the end all it may have brought about is that girls are taking little more proactive role than before in new relationships.

By: Ecoute Sat, 02 Jan 2010 22:00:15 +0000 This whole “Sexual Revolution” and “Feminism” thing has been a huge success in the West, actually – countries like France, Sweden, Finland which allow women to have children and have a career have rising birth rates and happy families.
In Japan, it’s difficult to even have a career as a woman, much less actually still have a simple job after having a child. Birth rates are declining, divorce is up. Wonder why that is.

By: dazu Wed, 30 Dec 2009 05:24:44 +0000 Gender identity in manga has been a theme for decades. This is not new. As for Otomen, you’ll notice that he still occupies all the traditional roles such as protecting the girl and fighting. The “other side” of him is simply a way to try and get girls to watch a series about martial arts, much in the way Macross has always used pop music to (successfully) get girls to watch a robot anime.

By the way, the “sexual revolution” including feminism was a complete and utter failure in the west. Every indicator from the performance of children to the happiness of adults shows that the rise of feminism has wrought nearly complete and utter destruction on the nuclear family. Considering how important family is in Japan, I wonder why there is anyone in that country willing to import an ideology whose STATED purpose is destruction of the family and religion? If you’re looking for a way to make your population drop more drastically than it already is, feminism is the way to go.