3-D must be crazy. Part 1: War On Skinship.

It is good for a man not to touch a woman. – St. Paul

The world is such a crazy place. This world is still run by violent demonic males in a form of religious extremism. Theo Van Gogh‘s assassination. And since the New Year, such as Coptic bombing, and murder of Uganda’s gay activist. Intolerance is spreading like fire.

Speaking of intolerance, Japan is the worst place for skinship among the developed countries. Religious extremism in Japan has long killed skinship after the Meiji Restoration (1868), especially, during the Taisho period (1912 – 1926). Under European colonialist Christian influence, national shintoism, i.e., emperor cult, has killed skinship. Just like that opera, The Mikado, in which skinship was a capital offense. As a result, Japan now becomes too misophobic. A nation of skinship intolerance. Just a small physical contact will throw a panic attack on them. That’s why indirect skinship becomes huge, like an indirect kiss, drinking a can juice that someone has already opened, especially your crush. In America, that’s no big deal at all.

In that regard, America is of course better than Japan, but since the 80s, intolerance is on the rise. It is cutting people off from skinship by spreading fear of STD. Abstinence education is perpetuating America like that movie, Mean Girls. A PE teacher tells students, “But if you do touch each other, you will get chlamydia… and die.” So, no skinship, period. America has been under fundamentalism, someday turning into the Middle East.

Over there, skinship is out of question. Women are all covered up, as if the veil repels any kind of physical contact. They don’t show any part of the skin, including their faces like Taliban women. If girls flash their boobs in these countries, they would be stoned to death like The Stoning of Soraya M. That’s what jihad is. Holy war is indeed War On Skinship. Just like that English opera, the Mikado issued a fatwa on skinship. And we’re seeing a bunch of Mikado today. In someway, that opera was prophetic.

These fundamentalists claim that all “wise men” fought skinship. One example is the Buddhist monastic code, the first article is “thou shall not have sex.” Otherwise, you’re defeated, in other words, expelled from sangha, i.e., excommunication. Gautama Siddhartha turned down three seductive girls and attained enlightenment, thus became the Buddha. Otaku fundamentalists claim to have mastered Goshin (self-defense), so they don’t get distracted by 3-D girls, abandoning skinship all together. The iron curtain between sexes. Yes, in some countries, forcing curtain on women.

So, the veil is a symbol of oppression. In turn, undressing is the miracle of freedom.

So, to show freedom, let them flash, or even mooning, that’s how we protest intolerance. Flashing is an invitation to skinship. If a girl shows her nape by tossing her hair, that’s a sign. Or protruding her cleavage, playing with her necklace, that’s also a sign. That’s how they march against machismo. And I surely join them!

But no girl has flashed me in 3-D. At best, a few of them smiled at me, but just to be polite… That’s about it. They never show me any sign or miracle (in otaku jargon “flag”). I wonder if this is really the land of free… Therefore, all 3-D girls seem to be religious extremists to me. Yes, 3-D girls are under the spell of religious fundamentalism. That’s why a sleeping beauty needs otaku’s kiss to be awaken. To be the awaken one!

The extremists are trying to perpetuate male dominance more than ever. It is a backlash against feminism, women empowerment, the 70’s flower generation’s sexual revolution. Since then, extremism has been pressuring us to remain virgins until marriage. Such as Pope’s war on condom, and politics joins his holy war. Big brother, i.e., machoman, is telling us to give up our freedom. It’s so true that the government is the problem!

I thought only religions were trying to brainwash us, but now the government also joins the extremists, or the other way around, the extremists join the government, which is solely madness. Thus, the government campaigns for holy war, i.e., crusade against skinship. Inevitably, there’d be more otakus suffering from involuntary celibacy. What an injustice!

I don’t know if girls are tangible at all. I can’t really tell. They might be an illusion as well. Or delusion. I mean I can never touch them since I’m an untouchable to them. The best you can do is handshake. Unless you’re in a relationship, you can’t touch the other parts of the female body that defines femaleness and femininity, with the heavenliest sensations. Skinship is a way to attain knowledge in the book of Genesis. Yet, I can’t know them. I can’t feel them. So, 3-D is extremely cold. How can I believe 3-D girls? Touching is believing. Feeling is believing. Yet, I can’t have any faith in 3-D since I only feel coldness, and coldness is reality, because that’s what I feel.

Marx said religion serves as an escape from reality, but for me, 2-D serves as an escape from religions. Religions are making reality even tougher that has already been tough. Yes, religions are reality. Religions are in fact part of 3-D. This nation is under God. 3-D under religions. 3-D girls you can’t touch and spit at you, 2-D girls you can’t touch but smile at you. Which is better? 3-D girls or 2-D girls? Obviously, 2-D girls are better for sure!

Nessa, a tangible 2-D girl.

Author: Monsieur LaMoe

A refugee from Japan. Live in NAFTA. Get hooked on Moe. Moe is opium? Twitter: @MonsieurLamoe

16 thoughts on “3-D must be crazy. Part 1: War On Skinship.

  1. One of the many issues of uncertainty in dealing with a real life scenario. The comfort space of certain people. I probably am not the correct person to say much on this skin ship situation, since I find that touch (aka holding hands, or locking arms) to be an area of comfort. I do it all the time with my family and friends.

    1. @animemiz

      Yeah, Latin American countries have high level of skinship among family members and friends. And they are highly romantic. Mucho skinship. In Japan, skinship is virtually non-existent in a family. Comfort space is interesting, like Schopenhauer’s porcupine or hedgehog. In Japanese, hedgehog is “Harinezumi.” Coincidently, “Harinezumi” is the OP song for “Fractale.”

      1. I wish I was as “romantic” as Spanish people are. Seriously it depends on the comfort level of people, and what you eventually would become use to. I definitely know one thing. If there was convention, and people with the free hugs situation… you would definitely not catch me near that type of behavior. Have not seen Fractale yet, but when you mention the word, definitely reminds me of an origami I saw other people completing.

      2. Too bad that you don’t honor free hug. Your skinship is pretty limited then. But at least better than Japanese people since you’re American.

        The comfort level is created by a culture. It is the North American protestant puritanical culture that doesn’t honor skinship as much as Latin-America, or Europe. Japan is hell. They get panic attack just by a little physical contact. The least romantic culture among the developed countries. It was stifling to live there. Maybe I should move to Brazil, or Sweden, but no tengo dinero. Moving to the states seems to be a mistake although I once thought a black president would change the world the way we wanted. So, I have moe on 2-D girls.

        Yes, it’s geometric shape. It does look like origami.

      3. It really is not a big lost to me. Plus it seems so cliche and not inviting at all to accept free hugs. Not sure why people do it, when often it gets probably banned at conventions I have gone to when, people go over board. Caution is a bit better. I definitely know lots of people, especially Japanese likes Brazil a lot, for their music culture. I have a uncle who lives there. Not sure how Sweden like, but I definitely know that the Norway is a pretty happy country. I see acquaintances folding this. http://www.flickr.com/photos/88586913@N00/4405801399/

      4. Skinship produces oxytocin, human bonding hormone. Some scientist says that female touching a potential mate is to discern whether he is healthy enough to repel germs and viruses. Yeah, some people cross the line, which makes us tough to have skinship with girls. Just like one otaku caused all otakus to be seen as potential criminals in 1989. The notorious Miyazaki incident.

        Right, samba is pretty huge in Japan. And of course, not only music but also football too. In Ameringlish, football is called “soccer.”

        Yes, Norway is allegedly the happiest country. I once thought Butan, they have GNH (Gross National Happiness), but skinship is worse than Japan, so actually it’s not a happy country.

        Awesome fractal photos! Thanks!

      5. Lol. Matsudaira Ken got really old. The last time I saw was Abarenbou Shougun. Hahah, I didn’t know he’s quite a singer. It doesn’t sound like samba, but more Caribbean or Cuban, probably mambo.

        Right, Scandinavia has higher taxes, but good health care, social welfare, and gender equality is the best there. Yet, the weather is too cold, half of year is winter. Yet, I want to see white Xmas, and meet real Santa Claus on a sleigh with reindeer.

      6. I saw him the last in Ninkyo Helper. Hmm.. my mind is thinking ole.. ole. Hmmm.. snow is so overrated. >_< I wish for a warmer weather at this point..so sick of winter. >_<

      7. Cool, so you watch j-drama too. Yeah, Northeast is no fun for snow, right now hu? Here in SoCal, I miss snow…

  2. The marketing for the Nintendo DS stated that “touching is good.” The system was quite successful for at least its first few years. (These facts may not be related.)

    That said, there is now a worksafe game in English in which the player is allowed to touch 2D characters in an affectionate way. In Tokimeki Memorial Girl’s Side, the female main character can touch the game’s various dateable guys. Sometimes the characters respond in a positive way, and at other times in a negative way. The only notable fanservice in the game is optional dates at pools and beaches. Just keep in mind that the English patch won’t work with a real import DS cartridge… see http://sites.google.com/site/tokimemogs1/home to learn how it works.

    1. @dork at large

      Thank you for the comment.

      Oh yeah, touching. Love Plus is really skinship-oriented, touch by stylus pen, so non-tactile. Love Plus, ahhh, yeah, skinship scenes, especially, kiss was very shocking at first… Stylus pen is a tool without organs. Can stylus pen be a phallic symbol? In Latin Dance, dancers may start using a stylus pen for Vacunao.

  3. 3D girls?
    Neah… They just nice to see when they’re fully dressed.
    The reality is not that beautiful.

    2D Girls?
    They always look good inside and outside.

    Combine both of them is still the best.
    Like for example, moe moe 2D girl Azusa Nakano + Ayana Taketatsu…
    Even it’s just a dream… (Oh well…)

    1. @Wiguan

      Thank you for the comment. 3-D girls, they aren’t beautiful inside? They seem to be beautiful to me, these bikini girls at Southern Californian beach. The problem, they don’t let me touch them. Or they don’t touch me. Either way, I’m untouchable to them. So, I touch myself, thinking about 2-D girls…

      Oh yeah, Azunyan! Kekeke!!! Yeah, very cuuuteeeee!!!. Moetically cute! She’s small, insolent, yet, shy, fuhihi…, she just causes me to have a frantic laughter. My whole body gets ticklish with moe!

  4. I live in Mexico, and yes, there’s a lot of skinship here. But, for an Otaku, it’s just the same as everywhere else, 3D girls are untouchable. I love your article, though, and I wish you good luck on life.

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    1. @Juusan

      Thank you very much! I’m glad you loved it! Thank you for wishing me luck!

      Ah, even in Mexico, otakus can’t touch 3-D girls…, so otakus are universally the untouchable? So, people in Mexico are entitled to skinship, except for the otakus. That’s like JFK’s speech on Civil Rights, “except for the Negros.” Well, Mexico is also NAFTA, now run by market fundamentalism. Maybe other Latin countries are better for an otaku? Otakus need to start equal rights movement then, at global level.

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