Skip to comments.Farewell machismo, hello herbivore guys (South Korea)
Posted on 08/25/2013 9:34:57 PM PDT by TexGrill
Mr. Lee, at 31, has hit the typical marriage age for a Korean man, especially for a conglomerate employee like himself. But Lee doesnt have any intention of tying the knot. Hes happy as he is living with his pet dog named Camus.
My life is preoccupied with work, Lee says, and I just feel more comfortable when Im with my dog. For the time being, Im satisfied and dont want to get married.
Lee is one of an emerging type known as herbivore men, which was first coined in Japan, referring to guys who are kind of interested in themselves more than they are in girlfriends or fiancees, although they are not gay. Herbivores like hobbies usually associated with women, such as fussing over pets or exploring famous or obscure restaurants. Theyre not sex-obsessed. Some of their friendships with women are purely platonic.
A survey conducted by the Hyundai Research Institute illustrates that a growing number of Korean men identify with that kind of life. It also shows that some Korean women are joining the opposite side, becoming carnivore woman - aggressive hunters of partners.
In the survey of 1,015 single men, and single and married women nationwide in July through August, 43 percent of the men said they have some traits attributed to herbivore man.
The institute said that number was surprisingly high given Koreas traditional machismo. Among the men who said theyre not interested in dating or finding a girlfriend, 40.1 percent blamed heavy workloads, while 32.6 percent said they preferred to spend their money on themselves rather than on a date. The third most popular reason was a lack of money (16.8%), followed by a fear of responsibility in a relationship (10.5%).
(Excerpt) Read more at koreajoongangdaily.joins.com ...
Women are a pain in the ass everywhere.
The end result is what you see. People who are more interested in, well, anything but sex. It is no longer special.
Well, it seems the old fashioned view of sex was the best one after all. Keep it between you and your spouse. Instead, sex became an idol, and it was a lousy idol because it could never deliver. Only God could deliver.
Total fertility rates (the average number of births a woman will have during her lifetime) fell from 6.1 births per female in 1960 to 4.2 in 1970, 2.8 in 1980, and 2.4 in 1984. The number of live births, recorded as 711,810 in 1978, grew to a high of 917,860 in 1982. This development stirred apprehensions among family planning experts of a new "baby boom." By 1986, however, the number of live births had declined to 806,041. Decline in population growth continued, and between 2005 to 2010 total fertility rate for South Korean women was 1.21, one of the world's lowest according to the United Nations. Fertility rate well below the replacement level of 2.1 births per female has triggered a national alarm, with dire predictions of an aging society unable to grow or support its elderly. Recent Korean governments have prioritized the issue on its agenda, promising to enact social reforms that will encourage women to have children.
This is pure BS...!!
The Norks will eat them.
Apples for me used to be very special, I got one at Christmas. Now I live surrounded by apples but the weight of an apple in my hand, the smell, the first crisp bite are all still special to me. It is special in a way that no one who has ever gone without can understand.
God made sex special to us by putting limits on it. When we accept those limits what we have seems very special and desirable for the rest of our lives.
Excesses come from the frustrations of fallenness.
Exalting the Lord in our spiritual and physical lives is the route back to sanity. This isn’t some nebulous thing. It is the touch of a very heavy, and yet very patient, heaven.
Yuppiefied city boy.
What these articles leave out is that feminism and the various family laws have made marriage so problematic for men that there is just not enough rewards to pursuing that lifestyle
Where this began in Japan, you have a generation of men who grew up with fathers who in some cases dropped dead on the job in a corporation with the intense pressure to provide for a family.
When you layer the feminist demands and the unwillingness of women to be wives and mothers you reach a breaking point.
If your a man and you have nothing but an empty apartment to come home to a night why bother trying to win the rat race? A single man can live quite comfortably with a simple life on a modest income in a lowly job.
If you can't get a wife and have no kids to provide for, why not spend more time on hobbies and leisure pursuits?
Workaholics don’t have time for that drama
I’ll take a Texas Porterhouse
Feminism is very powerful in South Korea. I lived there for 6 years. It can be really scary married to a Korean woman, since they consider Hillary Clinton a role model and aspire to be just as tough as her. Marrying a Korean woman would be just like marrying Hillary. That being said, I don’t blame Korean men for saying, “no way I’m going to marry a Hillary Kim.”
Korean men have no choice but to act like girly types in South Korea. Feminism is so powerful in the country that if a man shows any machismo, he’s liable to get his throat cut.
I think you mean “uninterested”, as “disinterested” means unbiased, objective.
They sound like latent fags to me. Or, to be charitable, under-libidoed.
From Dictionary dot com.
First I have seen of this usage being considered generally accepted. Oh, well, our language is changing quite quickly.
I expect to see “nother” in the dictionary soon, as in “That’s a whole nother story”.
A villain used to be a farmhand and churl used to mean a free man.
Our language has been changing for quite some time.
The word “gossip” comes from a word like “godsib” — can’t remember anymore exactly — that referred to a baby’s godparent.
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