Dr. Helen

'After All, Being a Virgin Isn't Fatal'

That is what a Japanese virgin stated in an article at Yahoo News:

A 2010 survey by the National Institute of Population and Social Security Research found that around a quarter of unmarried Japanese men in their 30s were still virgins — even leading to the coining of a specific term, “yaramiso”, to describe them.

The figure was up around three percentage points from a similar survey in 1992.

The period corresponds with Japan’s prolonged economic slowdown, after a stock and asset bubble burst and the one-time financial powerhouse suffered years of lacklustre growth.

Matchmaking expert Yoko Itamoto says the economic emasculation has taken its toll on Japan’s men, as more of them struggle to find secure, full-time jobs.

The men in the article do seem sad and down about their situation and some are attending a program called Virgin Academia to teach them more about sexuality and women. However, is not getting the real thing harmful? I don’t know.

What do you think? Is being a virgin fatal or not?

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