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Fucking Androgyny

Don’t you hate it when you see what you believe to be a potentially cute girl, start thinking of openers, start approaching and then realize it’s actually a guy?

This has happened to me more than a few times now. Fucking Japanese Androgyny

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Sensei, do you think my girlfriend is cute?

A student asked me if I thought his girlfriend was cute. Relationships tend to be kept out of ear-reach or eye-shot of teachers so I felt pretty proud that they were comfortable dropping the silence with me.

But on the other hand, what could I say? He obviously wanted an affirmation on his girlfriend choice but before I even made a judgement I realized there was no good that could come of any answer.

If I said “no”, I would have just told him, his girlfriend (who was standing there, smiling, waiting to hear a “yes”) and all the other students in the vicinity that I essentially find her–the love of his life and one of my students–ugly.

If I said “yes”, then both he she would content, but theres no telling what warped version of my statement would’ve started circulating the Rural Japan Town News Network.

I was at an impasse; do I shatter his fragile ego or risk having rumors start?

I ended up doing neither. I responded using a bunch of S.A.T. words, laughed as if some joke was told and then changed the subject. They didn’t catch what I said and needless to say, he opted not to ask again.

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Japanese People and their Lies

Here’s another translated survey from What Japan Thinks (I’m a big fan of this site). This time, it’s about the little white lies than Japanese men and women tell:

The Women:

Q: What white lies can’t you avoid telling guys you fancy? (Sample size=527, women)

Rank Score
1 My weight 100
2 How many guys I’ve been out with before 92.6
3 Whether I have a current boyfriend 45.7
4 How long I haven’t had a boyfriend for 44.4
5 How good (or bad) I am at cooking 35.8
6 How good I am at doing housework 30.9
7= Talking about a common hobby 28.4
7= How I spend my days off 28.4
9 Pretending that I bought myself stuff I actually received as a gift 27.2
10= How bad I am at getting up in the morning 23.5
10= How much savings I have 23.5
10= My age 23.5
13 What hobbies I’m really into 22.2
14 When I have to be home by at night 13.6
15 The kind of guy I fancy 12.3
16= How much I spend on my hobbies 8.6
16= My salary 8.6
18= How much I spend on clothes 7.4
18= What kind of work I do 7.4
18= My height 7.4

I love how women primarily lie to keep their current or future marriages in check. Regardless of age (teens to 60+ year olds),  Japanese Women seem the most concerned about maintaining a “good wife” image.

Men are also concerned with their image, but it doesn’t appear to be as big of a deal:

Rank Score
1 How many girls I’ve been out with before 100
2 How long I haven’t had a girlfriend for 76.6
3 Whether I have a current girlfriend 51.9
4 How I spend my days off 42.9
5 The kind of girl I fancy 40.3
6 Talking about a common hobby 39.0
7 What hobbies I’m really into 37.7
8= What fetishes I have about women 28.6
8= How much savings I have 28.6
8= My salary 28.6
11 My age 26.0
12 My weight 22.1
13 What kind of work I do 16.9
14= How bad I am at getting up in the morning 15.6
14= How much I spend on my hobbies 15.6
14= My height 15.6
17 How good I am at doing housework 11.7
18 Pretending that I bought myself stuff I actually received as a gift 9.1
19 How good (or bad) I am at cooking 7.8
20 How good I am at driving 6.5

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