From time to time, the question of “herbivores” comes up in our discussion about gender issues. It can’t be avoided because it is so big in Japan. About two thirds of young men self identify as herbivore. What these men are claiming is that they will live minimalist lifestyles and forswear women and marriage. I have to point out, that in Japan, all extramarital sex is a big no-no. They take it seriously. What is driving these men is the perception of what marriage entails. First, he has to have a salaried job that he works incredible hours at, while the wife is expected to retire to the home once married. I should point out that there are few of these jobs available since the downturn of the nineties. That would be the primary reason for young men not getting married. Once married, while working these crazy hours, the wife has total financial control and he gets an allowance that will cover lunch. Another reason for not getting married, working a hand to mouth job will give a young man more disposible income. Finally, Japanese marriages are famous for being sexless and the bickering never stops. Who wants that?
As I said, about two thirds of young Japanese men have turned to this form of social rebellion. For them, it is not feminism but more traditional marriage. Wives don’t work and the men have to work crazy hours to cover the family expenses. He goes to an early grave and she gets to spend the insurance money.
You may want to know my sources. At first, it was youtuber Life After Women. Then, I found youtuber Shi-nu Asami. He is a very odd duck, a transgender in the midst, a Californian living on his own in Japan following divorce.
What promted this post was a challenge by Yoda in the wake of a comment by MGTOWhorseman about Japan’s Prime Minister attempting to address the economic malaise. He didn’t have a word to say about finding ways to positively motivate young men. Without that, he has no answers worth discussing. It is hard to beleive that responsible people in government have no idea wher production comes from and what motivates it.