Disturbing? Well, you have to put it into the context of the Japanese, who have in recent times treated women as sexual conquests more than equal partners. That might be a gross oversimplification of the whole of Japanese sex culture, but it seems to be true from the limited perspective I have had. Shops, even vending machines, are known to sell used schoolgirl underwear or uniforms. The more worn they are, the more they sell for. Skidmarks or menstrual blood is especially desired when men buy these type of items. Link
The Japanese are still a very conservative culture when it comes to the perception of gender roles. Most of the population still believe that a woman's rightful place is at the home. The modern perception of a woman is that of the polite, soft-voiced, gentle, submissive, and non-threatening housewife who patiently waits for their husbands at home. This is a relatively modern portrayal of women in Japanese culture, since until the 11th century women held substantial power in financial and domestic matters, link. This does not mean that there are various sexual perversion in both Japanese women and men, nor a sex industry. Some popular girl's comic books glorify rape and sexual violence.
[The paradox of these “ladies comic books” lies in the fact that, although their readers are overwhelmingly women, mostly in their 20s and 30s, the cartoon stories glorify sexually passive women, sexual violence, and rape. Ninety of the 316 pages in the December 1995 issue ofAmour, for example, contained rape scenes. Despite the growing independence of Japanese women, these comics portray passive women being brutalized rather than assertive women who control their own lives. When interviewed by a New York Times reporter, Masafumi Mizuno, editor of Amour, admitted that “Sometimes we carry stories where the woman takes the initiative, and those kinds of stories have their fans. But most readers seem to prefer when the women are in a passive position.” Mariko Mitsui, a former politician and active feminist, Finds it puzzling that many young Japanese women really do not want to be liberated. “They want to escape independence, and so for them to be raped seems better” than negotiating their own sexual encounters.
Should these issues (the selling of used panties and violent pornography) warrant any special attention, or are they just normal sexual behaviors.
Edited by H.H. Holmes, 02 August 2010 - 10:28 PM.