Japan's "Herbivore Men"


27 Responses to “Japan's "Herbivore Men"”

  1. Anonymous says:

    What is so bad about not seeking sexual conquests and anti-materialist leanings?

  2. mdh says:

    I don’t eat anything that casts a shadow.

    an airatarian!

  3. GiantSnowman says:

    The quoted part on boingboing seems to end prematurely. You would probably want to complete it to: “what is — and isn’t — masculine.”

    Also, vegetarians just don’t _eat_ any animals. Vegans avoid all animal products like leather, milk and eggs. I’m not sure if they play violins. (The bow has horse hairs in it.)

  4. Chuck says:

    >I’m a level seven vegan. I don’t eat anything that casts a shadow.

    Which means you’re free to eat any edible plant or animal on a sunless world. (Of course, you’ll complicate matters if you bring any artificial lighting. Use it sparingly.)

  5. mdh says:

    These guys sound dandy.

  6. jimh says:

    Yeah RTFA, “herbivore” is slang for a type of male. This has very little to do with diet.

  7. simonbarsinister says:

    Too much Soy in the diet is feminizing men because of Estrogen-like compounds in the Soy.
    Also, plastics have been found to leech more Estrogen-list compounds into food.

  8. Agies says:

    So… Metrosexuals without all the cash?

  9. Anonymous says:

    I think our own Anderson Cooper exudes herbivorous charm. It’s not that he’s (apparently) bisexual, it’s just that I can’t fathom him getting hot and bothered. And money…well, he doesn’t need much of that, does he?

  10. Sparrow says:

    @16, But do you pocket-compost?

  11. TroofSeeker says:

    Sam, Sam, Sammy SamSam.

    They know how to use Wikipedia, and a paper dictionary. But there are lazy people out here that just won’t bother. They come here to Boingtown, as I do, just killin’ time, seeing if there’s something interesting. But this time, unexpectedly, they learned something! Ha!

  12. noen says:

    @ simonbarsinister
    “Can soy feminize a boy?”

    Answer is no.

    Bisphenol A-based polycarbonate in plastics are another matter. It causes cancer and is ubiquitous in our culture.

  13. toxonix says:

    Those weak from privation lack the sexual appetite of those who thrive.

  14. TroofSeeker says:

    Thank you, Giant Snow Man. What do giant snow people eat?
    Anti, I could have looked up ‘vegan’, and then I’d know. Now, thanks to Snowy, hundreds of people know. A vegan won’t drink milk or eat eggs or any animal by-products. Nice.
    I think violins used to use cat gut strings.

  15. SamSam says:

    @ TroofSeeker: Now hundreds of people may know that one fact, but unfortunately they still don’t know how to look up facts, and are still worse off. Or, if anything, they learned that the way to look up facts is to ask random people on BoingBoing, which is not a very effective way.

    An aside, I tried to find out whether letmewikipediathatforyou.com existed, and, surprise surprise, there it was. Unfortunately, it doesn’t do the nice passive-aggressive typing in for you. In fact, as far as I see, it doesn’t do anything but give you a search box.

  16. Anonymous says:

    I don’t eat anything that casts a shadow.

    You’re a vaguean?

  17. Anonymous says:

    @#11: Anderson Cooper is not “apparently” bisexual — he’s just plain old gay. Sorry.

  18. oasisob1 says:

    I’m a level seven vegan. I don’t eat anything that casts a shadow.

  19. davevontexas says:

    “Indeed, she said, it was a return to the norm for Japanese men…” I don’t buy it. Examples of manly, masculine Asian men are everywhere if you look: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GepZCzikFY0

  20. Xopher says:

    GiantSnowman 5: I’m not sure if they play violins.

    I’d think not. Some even take non-violins training.

  21. mdh says:

    Alpha males have a name for herbivores. “Infantry”

  22. a_user says:

    @ simonbarsinister

    you’re citing heresay put about by interested parties in the 90s, worried that soya was being touted as an alterative to certain kinds of food.

  23. Takuan says:

    so why wouldn’t hipster/slacker/metrosexuals emerge? Just as a generation of young women disinterested in marriage?

    You can’t get people to play the game if it’s rigged.

  24. TroofSeeker says:

    Would someone kindly explain the difference between a vegetarian and a ‘vegan’? Because vegan seems like a condensed version of vegetarian.

  25. Emily (koenji calling) says:

    What is so bad about not seeking sexual conquests and anti-materialist leanings?

    Absolutely nothing. The problem is that when they say “herbivore” what they`re really meaning is passive aggressive, fashion obsessed, overly sensitive, shy flowers of men who instead of going out in the world and “taking it” as the masculine parlance might be, instead take a play from the Morrissey chapters of the book of life and act like that dude in `How Soon is Now?`

    Japanese people are already fairly passive agressive and shy as it is. These guys, if you`ve ever met one, are just damn annoying.

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