A Glimpse of Sexual Mores Thru Yahoo
This blog article shows how we can get a glimps of each ethnicity's sexual culture by looking at the front page of yahoo site of that country.
Look at Yahoo Taiwan's first page (http://tw.yahoo.com/), which features items as:
- 如何減緩經痛？有什麼方法或食物，可以讓經痛有效減緩？ (How to reduce mentrual pain? What method or food are effective? )
- 測你的報復心到底有多高 咦，小孩是我的嗎？、怎麼這麼衰，趕快去打掉… (A Test Of Your Vengefulness. Eh, the child is mine? am darned, abort abort…)
- barely ad on magic bra (linked directly from tw.yahoo.com (http://buy.yahoo.com.tw/activity.asp?p=p_active_20050527_56353&co_servername=yahooCY2005060803) (local saved copy: 20050608_yahoo_tw_bra_ad.zip)
If the USA's yahoo.com has these content, the WASPs would have a fit. For, in their didly eyes, morality has been trespassed, God is offended.
Now look at Yahoo website in China: http://cn.yahoo.com/, featuring:
- 男人，让你性福到底 (Men: Satisfy Your Sexual Desires!)
- 情趣内衣让修女也疯狂 性感美女 激情写真 (Novelty Underwears Make Even Nuns Crazy. Sexy Ladies. Cheesecakes.)
- 光艳诱惑 (Sexy Pictorials)
- 美体写真 (Beauty Pictorials)
- 最吸引男人的七类女内裤 (The Top 7 Kinds Of Women Underwear That Attract Men)
A about 30% to 40% of the links on cn.yahoo.com front page are about sex. These are spread in various sections: sports, health, shopping, travel… all managed to have some topic about sex. And they also have a specific section titled “Men”, and “Women”.
Typically, the subject text are what you'd find in US's pop mags such as TV Guide, Cosmopolitan, People, and tabloid magazines.
The generic WAPSs would have puked blood for these “public indecencies”.
Thru google translate, that 2 girls anime section says this:
Teenage girls are living in the love Cate
恋があるからがんばれる。 Ganbareru because of the love. 恋があるから強くなれる。 Become stronger because of the love. 恋する気持ちをパワーに変えて成長する、女子中高生の物語。 Power to change the feelings that grow in Love, the story of women's middle and high school.
悩殺ジャンキー Nosatsu Junkie
口止め料の代わりは…… Instead of hush money is …
- 一目ぼれした背中の主は Love at first sight is the main back
- 不良女子が転校で出直し!? Bad girls fresh start in another school?
- この感覚、まさに“初恋” This sense, the very "first love"
- 天才部長は超チビッコ Super-genius director Chibikko
- 初キスは最低最悪ロン毛男 Long hair is the worst first kiss from a man
- 下町の幼なじみ6人の恋模様 6 people love downtown childhood pattern
- イイ男だらけの極楽部活動 Activities of a man full of Paradise Ii
- イケメンが“男ウケ”を指導 The pretty "more appealing to men" teaching
Remember, this is yahoo japan's front page, without any customization. From this, we can see the Japanese's infatuation with highschool chicks.
Here's a screenshot of yahoo.com yahoo.com_2010-01-14.png. How shall we put it? Clean? Boring?
It's not like US Americans don't care about sex. In fact, if you look at the mag covers in food stores, they are all sex. (see: the Concerns of US American Female and Male Human Animals) Sex is all hyped up in the media, in TV shows, movies. And, the US Americans are leading producers of porn. However, due to their puritanical background, sex subjects is seen as taboo, and sexual matters are not shown in some pubic way as they are.
Actually, personally i prefer the content selection style of US portal sites. I don't really want to be distracted by lurid stuff on the main page. I love porn, in fact, [am a dedicate hardcore porn connoisseur][ http://xahporn.org/index.html ], but i don't want the lurid, gossipy, irrelevant, soft-porn stupid shit on my main web portal page.
A Glimpse Of Sexual Mores Thru Yahoo Around The World
One can glean cultures by simply going to yahoo of different regions. http://world.yahoo.com/
For example, for reasons, yahoo china cn.yahoo.com is filled with dynamic ads and items the Westerner's might call soft-porn. yahoo Taiwan tw.yahoo.com is similar. They give a direct contrast of cultural sexuality in Asia and the puritanical USA.
One can go and look at what kind of ads each region shows. and also gather how open is their sexual attitude by checking the sexiness of the page…
It's interesting to note also that there are 3 other languages for yahoo US: Chinese, Russian, and Spanish. Chinese there is understandble because the massive population and the rising power of China. Note that a decade ago in airports etc you'll see all languages including Japanese but you won't see Chinese. Not because Chinese are not populous back then but because they wasn't powerful.
Spanish there being usuall because Spanish have always been one of the main language. (2rd or 3rd largest speakers, was powerful (of the European Spaniards), and a alphabetical lang of the Western member)
Not sure why there's a Russian lang…
Screenshots of yahoo sites as of 2005-07-19:
- China 20050719_cn_yahoo_com.pdf
- Taiwan 20050719_tw_yahoo_com.pdf
- USA 20050719_yahoo_com.pdf
Just realized, that amazon's japan site sells pornography.
Screenshot of the whole web page: amazon_jp_200803.png
Note: US version of Amazon started to sell porn video and sex toys too. Not sure when did it start, but i noticed in 2010. See: Sex Toys on Amazon: Ben Wa Balls, Kegel, Anal Hooks!.