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Changing gender roles ...

by Bill Osler / November 24, 2009 8:14 PM PST

I found this story interesting, at least partly because of the names chosen for the groups.

It seems that in Japan there are large numbers of 'Herbivores', hetero men who are adopting more passive lifestyles. The newly aggressive, empowered women are sometimes called 'carnivores'. Odd names for lifestyle choices.

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=120696816&ft=1&f=1001

Away from the strutting are the retiring wallflowers, a quiet army of sweet young men with floppy hair and skinny jeans. These young men are becoming known as Japan's "herbivores" ? from the Japanese phrase for "grass-eating boys" ? guys who are heterosexual but who say they aren't really interested in matters of the flesh.

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Natural selection?
by EdHannigan / November 24, 2009 8:54 PM PST

or some kind of evolutionary shift. I like the names.

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Maybe always there and more prevalent than expected?...
by Steven Haninger / November 24, 2009 9:09 PM PST

like homosexuals seem to have been but now "coming out of the closet"? Maybe more far reaching than just in Japan?

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The present day role of women
by Angeline Booher / November 24, 2009 11:31 PM PST

......... is now in direct opposition to the "traditional" one, in which the woman was passive and eager to obey her man. s the article said, the modern Japanese woman is on a competitive level with male peers.

We have read about the extreme stress to achieve and succeed experienced by Japanese students In Tokyo people also compete for space.

Perhaps after the few decades a "defense mechanism" has developed an adaptation to cope.

IMO, it appears that other "life style changes" have occurred in people in their 20s-30 (Bohemians,, etc.) It will be interesting to see how these men are doing 20-30 years from now.

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