Stuff found while looking for other stuff...
Love Joule, a colorful new bar in the Shibuya district Tokyo, is the first
“love and sex bar dedicated to women," according to the Tokyo Reporter.
What does this mean, exactly? Proprietor Megumi Nakagawa minces few words.
"Once they take a seat, customers are able to experience a pleasant
place in which they can openly discuss masturbation,” she said. “Since most
people view female masturbation as something of a mystery or taboo, it is not a
usual topic at typical bars.”
“I go because it is a safe place and I don’t have to worry about trying
to brush off men all the time," said a customer going by the name
Sayama. "Add in that it is also a great place to drink and talk about
what we women love to talk about, sex and guys, that’s also a big pull."
The sanctity of the space is preserved by a policy prohibiting single men
from entering-- men are only welcome if they are accompanying a woman,
according to Rocket News. Men
without a female companion will just have to wonder what's going on inside.
Luckily for them, male masturbation doesn't face the same stigma.
This just blows my mind. The culture that created Ben Wa balls somehow feels there is less stigma in men masturbating in public than women? As if maturbating in public should be acceptable behavior in the first place.
I'm trying really hard to like the Japanese and there's a lot to like, but their screw-ball pop culture just flat eludes me.