Social taboos from Japan - Two forbidden words

There are two words that are practically taboo to say in public in Japan. Never, under any circumstances, say those two words on any social occasion. The two prohibited words in question are マンコ (manko) and チンコ (chinko).

In plain English, they mean “Cunt” and "Chick", respectively. Saying the name of the genitals out loud, especially the female, is one of the most serious messes in public. Instead, a Japanese will implicate the lower regions by saying “あそこ” (asoko), that means "over there" and is generally understood.

Social taboos from Japan - Two forbidden words

This taboo is so strong that a Japanese artist was arrested on charges of obscenity for selling and distributing the design files to make 3D printed models of your vulva.

She was informed that she was not allowed to use the word “manko”. This brings a point of caution: with a preponderance of Japanese female names ended in "Ko", new Japanese speakers should be careful to avoid slipping the tongue. Be careful not to accidentally ask "Did you see manko?" or "Did you see chinko?”This is not going to end well.

Vulgarity is one of the taboos but it is also a paradox

Social taboos from Japan - Two forbidden words

The irony of it all is, Japan is a socially conservative country. Until then, Neves died. Only, at the same time, Japan is the country that most exports pornography abroad. Access to pornography in Japan is easy, but very easy. At any newsstand in Japan, you can find pornographic magazines or manga like that hentai.

Paradoxically, you cannot speak obscene words in public. However, the consumption of pornography is very common both among the youngest and the oldest. Not to mention reputation for incestuous relationships in Japan.

Therefore, vulgarity, which is considered taboo in Japanese society, is also a "consumer good", so to speak. However, despite contradictory attitudes, uttering manko or chinko in a social situation it gets bad. The Japanese are not in the habit of saying 4 bad words for every 10 words they speak, unlike us.

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