The Chunichi Shimbun newspaper in Japan published a column in which different mothers commented on the expressions of sexuality within manga and anime that could be seen by minors (specifically, children), who would be susceptible to taking these " inappropriate behaviors” as “normal”.
““I am concerned about the sexually suggestive content of anime series that my second grader watches. A guy touches a girl's chest and her underwear is visible. There's also a girl in “Kimetsu no Yaiba” who emphasizes her breasts, and I'm worried that people might not care. I wonder if someone could expose this situation“wrote a 36-year-old woman from the city of Gifu in Japan”.
"I am concerned about the impact of sexual expression in anime series and manga on children." In the consultation published on November 19, many sympathetic comments and advice were received from readers, such as "the emphasis on sexuality is unpleasant" and "why don't you make expressions that can be seen in the real world?" Series where you can see the girls' underwear and sometimes they accidentally touch her breasts… »
"A woman from Gifu city who asked for advice said, 'I worry that people think it's normal to talk about women lightly.' A 40-year-old woman from Toyohashi, Aichi, sympathizes: “I think the same“. She has a second-grade daughter and an elementary-age son, and every time she watches anime series or ads for children that emphasize sex more than necessary, such as breast size or clothing, she wonders, “ For whom is this? I feel offended"".
“Widespread use of smartphones can lead to unintentional sexual expression without parents knowing. “I'm sure many parents feel the same way. It's frustrating," says the woman. A 47-year-old woman from Gifu city suggested people should know that stories and reality are two different things. “I have to constantly remind my children not to touch, look at or expose women's private areas (breasts, hips, genitals)”. If you come across those kinds of expressions, take them out into the real world and ask yourself, "How would you feel if someone touched your body without permission?" Children are incapable of asking themselves that question without the help of their parents. If they see it in the anime, they'll think it's 'normal' in the real world."
“On the other hand, a 42-year-old woman from Nagoya said: “It is natural for elementary school children to be interested in sex. It's impossible to remove it from manga and anime," she mentions. “Sex is the source of life and birth. It is better to be open about it instead of children having to find out by other means, "said the woman, assuring that she usually talks about sexuality with her daughter in the first grade of secondary school and her son in the sixth grade of primary school. . “I hold talks about sexuality with my children, and I point out to them what behaviors are not accepted by society. Sexuality is what makes people attractive, exposing them to various kinds of expressions will help them empower themselves," she concluded.
Source: Yaraon! | Japan
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