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Japanese schools ban ponytails because the nape could “sexually excite” male students

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WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:

  • Japanese schools implement strict policies to control what children can wear to school.
  • One rule that stands out is the one where female students are banned from wearing ponytails or pigtails to schools because the “nape of their necks” could “sexually excite” male students.
  • There are also restrictions on hair color, the length of their skirts, sock color, and even the shape of their eyebrows.

Japanese schools continue to ban female students from wearing their hair in ponytails because the “nape of their necks” could “sexually excite” male students. This is similar to the schools’ white-only underwear policies, enacted so that they won’t show through the girls’ uniforms.

“They’re worried boys will look at girls, which is similar to the reasoning behind upholding a white-only underwear color rule,” Motoki Sugiyama, a former middle school teacher, explained. “I’ve always criticized these rules, but because there’s such a lack of criticism and it’s become so normalized, students have no choice but to accept them.”

Sugiyama taught in the Shizuoka prefecture for 11 years, in five different schools that enforce these same strict guidelines. During which, he campaigned to remove these “unreasonable demands.” He said that these gendered rules were sexist and discouraged students’ self-expression. Many share these sentiments. 

Parents and students alike pushed for more reasonable guidelines from the prefectural boards of education in June. However, not every school followed suit. In fact, there are still complaints from students who claim their schools won’t ease up on dress-code restrictions.

“Many schools ignore notices that aren’t legally binding or that don’t have penalties,” Sugiyama said.

Ponytail bans and underwear color restrictions are not the only rules that Japanese students must observe. There are also restrictions on sock colors, the length of their skirts, and even the shape of their eyebrows. Students whose hair is not “black or straight,” must present a document indicating that their natural hair color is not black.

These regulations are called buraku kōsoku or “black rules”, which were developed in the 1870s when the Japanese government first established a structured educational system. The regulations began to change over time, but remained anchored on one principle: everyone is the same.

There are also schools that do not control everything that their students wear. Hosoyamada Junior High School, in the Kagoshima prefecture, modified dress code guidelines last year. This is after students complained. Now, the school administration permits students to wear black, gray, or navy blue underwear, but ponytails and pigtails are still banned.

Source: New York Post

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23 Comments

23 Comments

  1. Mountain man

    May 5, 2022 at 6:28 am

    My god…why not require the poor little girls wear a sack over their head and a huge baggy cloth sack for clothes…with a steel chastity belt…bad as the democrats trying to force everyone in the USA to wear those stupid masks all about trying to keep people from voting in public….a bunch of sick o ‘s

    • Fred DeDen

      June 22, 2022 at 8:35 pm

      No more mask.

      • linda johnroe

        August 17, 2022 at 8:01 am

        no more man buns, the girls get to excited. HAHAHA

    • Recce1

      June 22, 2022 at 8:54 pm

      Please keep in mind Japanese traditions are much different than American ones. Conformity to rules and traditions has long been a part of Japanese culture. It is changing, but slowly.

      At least women in Japan don’t have to conform to stringent rule that exist in many Muslim countries. And they’re allowed and encouraged to get an education.

    • RockyMtn 1776

      June 22, 2022 at 10:56 pm

      What? No burka? The girls may not be Muslim, but it appears someone wants them to dress are one.

    • Dawn

      July 20, 2022 at 7:42 am

      I’m a n American. I went to the Roman Catholic schools. In High School, we wore the same kind of skirt, shown from the Japanese girls. We had to wear our skirts down to the calf. White socks, black shoes. Also, had to wear a gray suit jacket, with the St. Catherine of Siena symbol. No ponytail and no pile of hair. Flat and combed neatly. But, we had the best education, compare to the Public school.

  2. Talltexan

    June 22, 2022 at 7:32 pm

    The left is out to kill any individualism and singularity of thought. That’s the Communist way is to blend the masses as it is easier for them to control.

  3. PattyAnn

    June 22, 2022 at 8:36 pm

    My goodness, what idiots came up with those rules… sounds like the demon-rats got there!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Fred DeDen

    June 22, 2022 at 8:37 pm

    Bull Shit/. We the people want to be free

    • Recce1

      June 22, 2022 at 8:56 pm

      You do realize this is in Japan with very different traditions don’t you?

  5. Recce1

    June 22, 2022 at 8:58 pm

    Why is it that we Americans were called the Ugly Americans? Could it be that we expected other cultures to CONFORM to our rules, or lack of them?

    I’m willing to wager most of the posters here have never lived in a foreign country.

    • PreacherJoe Paluch

      July 20, 2022 at 11:31 am

      Indeed! Many people are oblivious as to how our societal nuances appear to various cultures…and I can honestly say…there’s many of them that have people in other countries (whether right or wrong) shaking their heads.

  6. Vulcan

    June 22, 2022 at 11:02 pm

    The Japanese have simply not changed old rules. While they are strict. I cannot help wondering if this country would not benefit from some stricter rules. Students at most schools dress in a sloppy and inappropriate manner. They have the same lack of discipline in they behavior and respect of the teachers and each other.

    I never liked uniforms but a few regulations would make sense.

    • Rattlerjake

      July 7, 2022 at 1:51 am

      There was a time, here in the US, when there were quite a few strict rules concerning appearance and actions, but that was when kids actually learned something, graduated, and became something worthwhile.

      • Diane Delph

        July 19, 2022 at 7:24 pm

        Yep! Why do girls or women have to change their clothing because the men have bad brain juju?
        I know it is their bodies that react but it starts at the brain level.

      • Steve

        August 16, 2022 at 7:50 pm

        I remember way back when, if the teacher thought a girl’s skirt was too short, they were made to kneel. If the hem didn’t touch the floor, they were sent home to change.

  7. Lily

    June 23, 2022 at 6:22 pm

    This beyond absurd. Burkas are next. Start wearing bed sheets with eyeholes.

  8. donna sherwood

    July 19, 2022 at 7:29 pm

    is there anything left that would excite a japanese male ? Marrying robots telling sociologists they are disgusted by the idea of sex ? PLEASE

  9. CPO Bill

    August 16, 2022 at 7:44 pm

    Better that boys look at girls than boys! Let em figure out that there are only two sexes at birth! Let them find out what real gender is! Don’t follow the idiots here in our country!

  10. Steve

    August 16, 2022 at 7:48 pm

    The Japanese are a strange bunch.

  11. robinsong01

    August 16, 2022 at 8:03 pm

    Good grief, the whole world has gone crazy 🤪

  12. Indigo Red

    August 16, 2022 at 9:05 pm

    Now, if I, as a caucasian man, were to say Japanese all look the same, I would be labeled a racist. But, since a Japanese said it, it’s only national education policy.

  13. Coolmeadow Kid

    August 17, 2022 at 11:35 am

    If boys in school are going to get excited about a girl’s bare neck, it’s only because the Left has sexualized EVERYTHING about our kids. The only thing that surprises me about this ponytail statement is they didn’t say that it excites the guy because he envisions holding the ponytails during doggy style.

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  • A 19-year-old Colombian woman, claiming to have never been with a man, asserts she was impregnated by an ‘evil spirit’, sparking a spirited debate on social media.
  • Following strange dreams and a sense of supernatural presences, along with her missing periods, a visit to the gynecologist confirmed her pregnancy.
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She made the claim inn a statement that almost reads like a novel.

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It should be noted that in Colombia, teen pregnancies are more common than in most countries worldwide.

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In fact, it’s worth noting that this isn’t the first ‘supernaturally-induced’ pregnancy we’ve heard about.

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Petro also said, “We need to see into their mental health.”

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“The work between armed forces and Indigenous communities — who obviously know the jungle better than we do — that work was successful,” he said.

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It was a show of unity that makes the phrase “It takes a village” seem a bit inadequate.

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It’s somewhat scallop-esque, with no apparent ill effects.

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