Just because I am dressed this way does not make me a whore

I am constantly surprised by the skanktity of women’s style here. Every time I think I’ve seen the worst of it, I come across an even younger girl wearing even sluttier clothing. Mom’s even try to live whorishly and vicariously through their scantily clad daughters.

Women and the ho-sential pieces of their wardrobe contributed to my initial culture shock in Japan. Some of what they wear here might even attract stares from regular strip club goers back in the states. But it’s cultural. They don’t necessarily view things the same way here. Scandalous dressing screams “attention whore” in both countries but in America it also just screams “whore”. In Japan, it’s just a style of dress.

Of course, if no one tells you this before you arrive, you may find yourself confused as hell. You treat them the way they dress but for some unknown reason they expect respect. What kind of non sequitur bullshit is this?

World renown sociologist Dave Chappelle referred to this phenomenon in an earlier thesis circa 1999. Here’s the excerpt from his speech:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8K1KHqi9bXc

*all pictures were borrowed from the blog of Singapore Girl in Berlin

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12 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    McAlpine said,

    Culture….NO. Just ignorant and irresponsible young women flaunting their shit, and then when they get groped then they go screaming for justice!

  2. 2

    Billy said,

    Dave Chapelle is so funny! I love that guy.

  3. 3

    enekochan said,

    Both pictures are from China…

  4. 4

    Craig said,

    But you’re still not gonna see much cleavage….when the cleavage comes it, that’s when people start screaming ‘whore.” Cause they’re jealous, usually….

    • 5

      ruraljapan said,

      You know, I never really thought about it that way. But now that you mention it, most of the scandalous dressing I’ve seen has dealt with the lower half of the body…

  5. 6

    Kikaida said,

    See the photos at the end of this article:
    http://tokyo360.net/?p=23

  6. 7

    Baka Karasu said,

    Compared to the comfort level of US women in such matters – the skirts may be short and the bellies bare, but there are no nipples in Japan.

  7. 8

    ruraljapan said,

    Good thing I prefer nice legs and flat bellies to the occasional booby. I never really thought of that though. Why are breasts so tabboo while the rest is okay?

  8. 9

    Chris B said,

    Saw that top Pic on Neil Ducketts site last year. Recycling is good I guess.

    “But you’re still not gonna see much cleavage….when the cleavage comes it, that’s when people start screaming ‘whore.” Cause they’re jealous, usually….”

    Very true!!

  9. 10

    Baka Karasu said,

    Hmmmm….I dunno, I’ve seen cleavage, and accentuated breasts in tight tops etc. seems culturally o.k., but great effort seems to be made to prevent any display of nipples. In the US, ‘the power of nipples’ is great also, but you’ll still see a hint now and then and it’s considered not all that big a deal by most.

  10. 11

    カエル said,

    Most of these photos don’t seem to have been taken in Japan.

  11. 12

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