A research project by Megumi Ushikubo concluded that 60 percent of Japanese men aged 20 to 34 were Otomen, which means “girly guys”.
“We can’t do anything about the fact that our build is more like that of the average Western girl,” wrote reader Rafan Junior. “Just because we use hair gel and wear brassieres doesn’t mean we are not Real Men,” said Martin Weligama. “Just because we are gay, it doesn’t mean we are gay,” said Smithson Yau, confusingly.
But this only applies to young guys. Asian males over 34 are often extremely old school masculine in the worst way, several readers said.
One Asian male, Otis Schindler, proposed a grading system for masculinity and femininity: MMM for “Chuck Norris type”; MM for “Manly man”; M for “Regular man”; GM for “Girly man”; EM for “Effeminate man”; RF for “I am woman hear me roar”; MF for “Manly girl”; F for “Regular girl”; FF for “Girly girl”. Youngsters and confused people can use TBD for “To Be Decided”.
Otis classified this columnist as “off the scale” in terms of masculinity. “If Chuck Norris came within 50 meters of you, he would start to turn gay. At 10 meters Chuck would be fully gay.”