As a guy, I've worn women's clothing in the past. It was a special occasion, but still. I've found that, apart from the shoes, it's actually quite comfortable. I learned a couple of things from the experience. Firstly, I learned that the reason women buy so many shoes is that they're hoping to one day find a pair that doesn't break their feet, but they keep failing because they consistently buy the wrong type. Secondly, I learned that slightly intoxicated men are blind morons. And finally, I learned that men generally don't have much use for bras. So how do some of these guys have cleavage?
personally, not my thing, but if it makes these guys happy, leave them be i say, it takes great integrity and courage to express oneself this way. BABY, I WAS BORN THIS WAY!!!
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Oh this isn't terribly new or surprising really. Actually, women were banned from theatre in Japan almost from the start. Mostly due to prostitution worries. Men played the role of women and men thereafter. (Not that it cut down on prostitution at all, just changing to men.) (Called onnagata) The men representing women would almost over exaggerate to compensate. Women would go to the theatre to get the new trends and fashions the men were creating. I think it even helped mold some of the gender roles in Japan today. Anyone interested, I have a lot of reference materials and will be talking more about this soon on my web show at www.kawaiistudyjapan.com!
As a drag persona, I see not wtf'ery in this. It's more of a commentary to me how seemingly advanced in the acceptance of people and diverysity that Japanese culture allows, as it doesn't seem like these people feared for their lives or lived in shame as heterosexual cross dressers in the US might. Go Japan!
Brother Christopher, I hate to say that isn't not as open as it all seems. It's a rather complicated blend of oppression and expression. Usually Japan tends to create some compartmentalization to give room for something like this, but it can NEVER bleed into "real life". It's a bit like giving you a stage to play your fantasies on so that you never bring them into the public. It's complicated. Anyway, again if you want to know more I'll for sure be talking about this on my show!
I gotta admit, some of those guys were pretty darn cute. They aren't hurting anyone so have fun.
It's completely beautiful and natural to wear any perceived gender of clothing be it; androgynous, feminine and or masculine. I'm glad I found this article about Otokonoko. Wasn't aware of it's existence previous to reading this post.
wow most of the guys in the convention looked like legit girls :o being a girl myself i shat bricks :) i think its really cute
that awkward moment when Japanese men look more like a girl and are cuter than you are...and you're actually a girl... FML
No, they don't, you are making up sexist trans shit.
I'll admit it. Those guys are so damn cute! As a girl saying this, I'd probably be cool if my BF did this.
Okay guys it's been awhile since I promised history, but here it is! Check out my breakdown on the history of cross dressing in Japan! http://www.kawaiistudyjapan.com/?p=224
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