Sunday, June 22, 2008

I Don't Always Love The Japanese

Eww. From Time:

Besides his glowing complexion, Shigeo Tokuda looks like any other 74-year-old man in Japan. Despite suffering a heart attack three years ago, the lifelong salaryman now feels healthier, and lives happily with his wife and a daughter in downtown Tokyo. He is, of course, more physically active than most retirees, but that's because he's kept his part-time job — as a porn star.

Shigeo Tokuda is, in fact, his screen name. He prefers not to disclose his real name because, he insists, his wife and daughter have no idea that he has appeared in about 350 films over the past 14 years. And in his double life, Tokuda arguably embodies the contemporary state of Japan's sexuality: in surveys conducted by organizations ranging from the World Health Organization (WHO) to the condom-maker Durex, Japan is repeatedly found to be one of the most sexless societies in the industrialized world. A WHO report released in March found that 1 in 4 married couples in Japan had not made love in the previous year, while 38% of couples in their 50s no longer have sex at all. Those figures were attributed to the stresses of Japanese working life. Yet at the same time, the country has seen a surge in demand for pornography that has turned adult videos into a billion-dollar industry, with "elder porn" one of its fastest-growing genres.
As a Libertarian, I'm all for people doing or watching whatever they want as long as it doesn't harm anyone else but I'm sorry: elder porn is just gross. How gross? Imagine your Grandma giving your Grandpa a blumpkin. Yeah, I went there.


Anonymous said...

You had me at blumpkin.

Anonymous said...

I heard about this on the radio last week. I can't believe you're so closed-minded about this stuff. ;)

JBW said...

You're both such romantic softies. Tell me what your wives say when you bring this video home to "spice things up".

Patricia Hannigan said...

Ok you shouldn't have gone there...but Shigeo Tokuda is major league cool. I don't see why we have to have sex anyway. Why can't we just watch porn?

JBW said...

Uh, because it feels great Patricia, if you're doing it right. Thanks for stopping by.