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Herbivore Men

May 9, 2013

Korean: 초식남

Japanese: 草食系男子

I learned this new term from one of my friends on Twitter, and I thought I would share it with you guys.

Excuse my wikipedia reference, but “Herbivore men is a social phenomenon in Japan of men who shun marriage or gaining a girlfriend. They are characteristically described as frugal, and interested in personal grooming.”

To make it short, herbivore men are men who take a greater interest in things such as fashion (cosmetics, etc.) and personal care rather than focusing on sexual relationships. Being so they don’t get married, have girlfriends, etc. They generally go against what is seen as ‘masculine’, and usually have a ‘fragile’ look to them.The term ‘herbivore’ is derived from the fact that they lack the drive for flesh – thus herbivore.

I find this whole phenomenon interesting because it means the Japanese view of masculinity is slowly changing, right? Not only that, it turns at that this lack of sexual interest from this group of men may cause a decline in Japanese birthrate.

Have any of you heard this term before? And if so, do you think it is something that should be acknowledged?

4 Comments leave one →
  1. creativityjapanese permalink
    May 10, 2013 1:26 pm

    Enjoy this post very much! Heard of this term but I dun really know much about it. Thanks for sharing. Am going to read up more about this. ^^

    • May 10, 2013 7:30 pm

      Wow I’m so glad you enjoyed it~ I just find this whole ‘herbivore men’ concept so interesting hehe :p Thanks for commenting!

  2. meloncreme permalink
    May 12, 2013 2:33 pm

    Hi! I nominated (more like tagged) you for an award. You don’t have to do it if you don’t want to. ^^


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