Sex as Leisure for the Japanese Women

  • Maki HirayamaEmail author
Part of the Leisure Studies in a Global Era book series (LSGE)


In Japan, nearly half of the married couples are unable to maintain their sex life, and no one seems to change this situation successfully. On the other hand, only men have enjoyed sex as leisure by purchasing various forms of sexual service, and women have hardly had sex as leisure in any way. This chapter first delves into the causes of current difficulties in marital sex life with the methods of historical research and second analysis on the statistics and finds the gendered dual structure of sexuality in modern Japan. Next, it points that currently increasing affairs often allow sex as leisure for both men and women and argues their leisure is unintentionally transforming the gendered dual structure of sexuality into a more egalitarian one.


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  1. 1.Meiji UniversityTokyoJapan

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