Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Elder Porn in Japan

According to Japan's Booming Sex Niche: Elder Porn in Time Magazine, Jun. 17, 2008 one of the most popular porn stars in Japan is Shigeo Tokuda, a 74-year-old actor. In his latest films, he plays a "tactful elderly gentleman who instructs women of different ages in the erotic arts," Time tells us. The shocker, though, is this:

Shigeo Tokuda is, in fact, his screen name. He prefers not to disclose his real name because, he insists, his wife and daughter have no idea that he has appeared in about 350 films over the past 14 years.

Now that is puzzing! How does Mr. Tokuda manage to keep his double life secret from his wife and daughter when his photo (above) appears on DVD covers and, since the Time article came out, all over the Internet?

Not that Japan is usually seen as a model of elder-sex acceptance. According to a World Health Organization (WHO) report from March 2008 cited in the article, "One in 4 married couples in Japan had not made love in the previous year, while 38% of couples in their 50s no longer have sex at all."

Yet porn videos are a billion-dollar industry in Japan, with "elder porn" one of its rising categories. One of Tokuda's film titles is "Forbidden Elderly Care" -- can you imagine our youth-obsessed American culture clamoring to view that? Apparently Japan is not so elder-phobic.

What about elder women in Japanese porn? Most films still feature women in their teens and 20s, hundreds of adult videos feature "mature women" up to their 70s.

Unfortunately, though, "a popular young actress can earn up to $100,000 per film, while a mature actress is paid only $2,000."

I'm sure you'll have something to say about this! Bring it on!

3 comments:

  1. As I understand it, women in Japan are usually or often very sheltered, so that would make it likely that this man's wife and daughter have never seen his picture on the porn. Also his wife may well know all about it, and they're just being polite. (We have something similar to that in the American south.)

    With all due respect, my impression of Asians in general is that there is a much more relaxed attitude toward sex in their cultures.

    The women who act in these films -- obviously not all Japanese women are that sheltered -- agreed to do so for whatever price, right? They should be the ones to complain.

    I would say equal pay for equal work in the porn industry would be down the list for most women's rights activists. There is however a group called the "Sex Workers" something or other in the U.S., who campaign for the rights of people in the sex industry.

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  2. Elder porn is not just bib in Japan it is becoming big in America. You can find hunders of sites with mature women. I am a 55 yo male I ahve always found mature ladies far more sexy the young women. Sex has not age as the saying goes wine and women are a like they both get better with age. I agree with it.

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  3. August 20 AnonymousAugust 31, 2011

    Elder porn is pretty big and I believe women are the bigger draw. Just type in something in a search engine.

    I read something on some female-oriented site that showed a study on the rise of adolescent "man-children" and some commenters claimed perhaps the attraction to elder women and the corresponding pornography is somewhat Oedipal because they do not want to grow up and want to have someone take care of them.

    I for one have always seemed to be attracted to older women but always saw it as some sort of preference similar to being naturally attracted to breasts and buttocks.

    As far as pornography goes, I wonder if it is a bigger stigma for older women to be in pornography as it is still carries a large stigma and in starring in them they enable its legitimacy and should "know better".

    Do older women still watch or get turned on by pornography anyway?

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