And if they dont "like sex?" which some of those articles seem to imply or at least not enough to go out and get it...well, I *do not* see that happening in the US! That's just crazy.
Gath believes that the problem is, at it's root, caused by various societies abandoning their traditional values. However, the problem in Japan is the exact opposite of that. People aren't remaining single because they value their career over family. They are remaining single because they are stubbornly clinging to the traditional value that the man should be the provider even though their economy no longer makes that possible.
In addition, the problem is exacerbated because their employers continue to adhere to the traditional value of undervaluing the women workers, particularly if they are married. This makes becoming a two-income family nearly impossible as a practical matter. In addition, there's the cultural reality that there is a social stigma attached to married women who work.
As a result, the majority can not marry and depend solely on the man's income, nor can they marry and depend on them both having an adequate income. It's a Catch-22 situation caused by their clinging to traditional values. In order to change, they need to change. They must accept that married women won't and can not be nothing more than homemakers and that a two-income family model is acceptable.
You claimed that modern societies are failing in the same way as Japan is.
Japan has a lot of young adults who despise sex. Please name the modern societies where the young adults despise sex.Most "modern" societies are failing in the same way Japan is.
Japan has a lot of young adults who are sexually inactive. Please name the modern societies where the young adults are sexually inactive.
So you're poor?Who says I'm not adhering to them? The simple fact of the matter is that I'm broke and have nothing to offer at the time being. Women would be wise to avoid me, and I them until my circumstances improve.
Someone once told me that poor people have been marrying other poor people for ages. You are obviously not adhering to that tradition.
Actually, as the article I linked to shows, most Japanese men are in a situation similar to yours - they do not make enough to support a family.Most Japanese men are not in my situation, but women are refusing to enter into relationships with them anyway; preferring to remain single to having to deal with the "hassle" of a man unless he happens to be wealthy in a manner which greatly exceeds the national average.
And you are refusing to enter into a marital relationship with women, preferring to remain single to having to deal with the "hassle" of a woman unless she meets some unspoken qualifications which are obviously unrealistic given your situation.
But it's OK when you do it.
This is simply the result modern notions of "gender roles" seem to bring about. More women avoiding relationships, marriage, and procreation in favor of other pursuits, and more men losing their own place in society and falling into something of a "perpetual adolescence" as they don't see the point in trying to better themselves.
Japan simply happens to be the most extreme case.
They're already giving up marriage and family. Whether they give up sex as well is ultimately incidental.Yes, the U.S. has economic pressure, but not to the degree the Japanese do nor the cultural pressures they live under which make it considerably less likely single people here will give up sex.
I was simply pointing out that the same general trends exist in both cultures.
Yes, the productive portion that keeps the rest of the system afloat.You mean a specific segment of the population are not having children at replacement level. The wealthy and middle class.
It is what it is.We are back to my original reply to you:
What is wrong with them putting other priorities first? Men do this. Why is it that women automatically need to sacrifice their lives to be brood mares? Some women don't have a maternal instinct. God bless them for knowing themselves enough not to put kids through the agony of being raised by a mother who didn't really want them.
However, we can observe from simply looking at the culture we inhabit that it tends to bring about certain, very negative, impacts. It leads men to become socially aimless and unmotivated, and it leads to declining birthrates which jeopardize the sustainability of society as a whole.
"Men did not love Rome because she was great. She was great because they had loved her." -- G.K. Chesterton
The chart shows a lowered participation rate in the workforce by women. One would think that if more women today considered a career more important than they used to, then that would result in an increase in the participation rate for them and not a decrease.
And you have posted no evidence to support your claim that the japanese do not want to be burdened with the expectations of traditional marriage. I have posted evidence that they want a traditional marriage (90% want it) but that their economic situation makes those traditional values unrealistic.
Even you have described the Japanese women who want to marry a man who can be the sole provider as having "unrealistic expectations"