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[–] [Deleted] 6 points Edited

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Worth pointing out is that this selfie is in front of the 女性専用車, or WOMEN’S ONLY CAR, which exist because women get groped so often by men on the trains that they literally need separate cars during rush hour.

The entitlement, disrespect, and complete lack of boundaries are so male, so disgusting, and infuriating. And real women can’t do a damn thing.

Also, you’re absolutely right about what’s known as “gaijin smashing”: using one’s outsiderness as a foreigner to trample over Japan’s more conservative social customs. I hesitate to say that foreigners have “privilege” in Japan, given how xenophobic Japan is and how being the perennial outsider in an INSIDER society gnaws away at you (and how difficult it is to do things like rent an apartment, get a decent job, etc as a foreigner), but… he is still a man. And in a society as intensely patriarchal as Japan, well by golly, that still counts for a lot.

At least we can all take comfort in knowing that 99.999999% Japanese people likely think this guy is such an idiotic creep that it’s not even worth attempting to reason with him. Still, it doesn’t change that women have to bear the entirety of this burden…

PS: the word “gaijin” (“outside person) is actually something of a slur. Again, being an “outside person” in a society that operates on INSIDER relations to the degree that Japan does is inherently dehumanizing.

[–] crodish 2 points Edited

Oh fuck, good catch on the selfie location. What an asshat...

I have absolutely no issues using "gaijin" for this scrote lol but yeah Japan's xenophobia in general is.... something, and with dudes like this proving their point, I don't really blame them

[–] [Deleted] 1 points Edited

I know! It's so hard. With the way dudes in general run around Japan like it's some kind of magical fairyland where they can get hOtTeR cHiCkS than they would be able to in their home societies, it's understandable how Japanese stereotypes are assembled. On the other hand, not all of us are like that-- especially the women -- and despite what that Robin DiAngelo idiot said in "White Fragility," these experiences ultimately got me more hip to racism here in the US. So while it's true that if I see a bunch of Black or Latino dudes hanging outside the deli in the city that I'm crossing the damn street (for me, the unfortunate truth is that I get catcalled far more by these folks than anyone else), it's ALSO true that that's not necessarily indicative of EVERY PERSON from those socio-cultures. It's a delicate dance, and although Japan's xenophobia is off the damn charts (and was hard to cope with during my years there), it did make me more aware of this stuff than I might have been otherwise.