Japanese Schools Ban Ponytails Because They May ‘Sexually Excite’ The Boys

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In a move that’s going to fire up the ISIS terrorists and all the other weirdos out there, Japanese schools are banning school girls from wearing their hair in a ponytail, according to a report from VICE.

Motoki Sugiyama, a former middle school teacher, tells the media outlet that school officials claim girls cannot be exposing the “nape of their necks” because the site of bare neck could “sexually excite” the boys.

“They’re worried boys will look at girls, which is similar to the reasoning behind upholding a white-only underwear color rule,” Sugiyama told VICE.

“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,” he added. 

Example of an illegal Japanese ponytail / Getty Images

In 2017, a Japanese Twitter user explained, via Google translation, how this ponytail thing has been a cultural thing for years. Other restrictions on students over the years have included underwear colors, socks, eyebrow shape, and hair color.

Let’s pump the brakes here for a minute. Who researches this stuff? Are boys given a questionnaire on these things?

Hey boys…coach here…I need you guys to fill out this email questionnaire on things that are sexually exciting you at school. Don’t forget, batting practice is at 4 after school. I need those questionnaires filled out before practice. 

Looking back on the middle school years, I was more interested in Griffey Jr. rookie cards and Ickey Woods doing his shuffle. Ponytails? Can’t remember one that stood out.

But, this is Japan where women were banned from wearing eyeglasses at work. Japanese retail stores believed workers wearing glasses gave a “cold impression” to customers and airlines said eyeglasses were a safety hazard. Restaurants said glasses didn’t work with traditional outfits.

Hair, glasses, necks. Geez, Japan. Suck down a beer and relax a little bit.

Let’s do more things like creating little sleeping pods in Tokyo or dog petting cafes and focus way less on what those horny male students are saying on the questionnaires turned in before batting practice.

Let the necks breathe, ladies. Fight the power.

Written by Joe Kinsey

Joe Kinsey is the Senior Director of Content of OutKick and the editor of the Morning Screencaps column that examines a variety of stories taking place in real America.

Kinsey is also the founder of OutKick’s Thursday Night Mowing League, America’s largest virtual mowing league.

Kinsey graduated from University of Toledo.


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  1. Once you see a Japanese game show, you start to realize the Japanese are … shall we say: “Different.”
    I have had the pleasure of dealing with Japanese engineers during my career, not “Japanese-American” or Japanese-descendant, I mean honest-to-God dudes form Nagano and Kyoto — and they absolutely do not think like us – nor do they think like Mr. Miyagi. They have thoughts we don’t think; they completely believe All non-Japanese are total idiots – they may be right – so I can see this “pony-tail problem” as a thing.

    I never have met any of their wives and they never speak of them unless you ask. And then the most you’re gonna get is their wife is dead or alive and a name. But if they have a son at the University of Tokyo Engineering School, you will get a full report! I once was having beers with one of these guys and asked if he had a daughter. He responded that she was living in America and attending Iowa St. University. I said: ” Hey, that’s Great. What’s she majoring in?” He looked at me with 100% disdain and just said “Daughters, we must love them.” I felt that was all he had to say about her — or either he didn’t understand the question (doubtful) or I didn’t understand the answer (probable)…

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