January 21, 2013

"Until about 30 years ago, the typical 'Dutch Wife' (love doll) sold at sex shops in Japan was of the inflatable type..."

"... and of shoddy quality that was easily subject to deflation at the slightest, er, prick."

That's just offensive. Not just the terrible pun, but the abuse of the Dutch.
“When customers brought the dolls in for repairs, vendors would stick on hot patches, like on tire inner tubes,” [said Hideo Tsuchiya, president of Orient Kogyo K.K., a manufacturer of state-of-the-art love dolls].
Some of these buyers, however, had their own reasons for preferring rubber joy mates to real women. Some weren’t satisfied with going to brothels. Others, jilted by their mates, had become eternally suspicious of females....

Orient Kogyo also provides after-service. When and if the time comes for the dolls to part with their owner, the company will conduct a kuyo (Buddhist memorial service) for the doll, complete with floral offerings....

31 comments:

Palladian said...

See also: Japan, Demographic decline of

Robert Cook said...

They need to try some good old American workmanship!

Bob Boyd said...

When I was in China a few years ago, a Chinese woman told me a joke.

She said: If you go to Heaven you'll have have Chinese food, an English house, an American wage, and a Japanese wife.
But if you go to Hell you'll have English food, a Japanese house, a Chinese wage, and an American wife.

betamax3000 said...

Yesterday I mentioned the following:

"There IS a Naked Pat Benatar Robot. It is manufactured in Japan.

For lonely men.

Robot shakes head unit."


And now here we are.


Naked Bob Dylan Robot will only use his powers for Good.

ricpic said...

Do these 'Dutch Wives' have western features? Article doesn't say.

Mitchell the Bat said...

Sex dolls were originally just for training porn actors.

Hagar said...

I think the Dutch were the first to open a trading post in Japan, and the japanese kept them strictly segregated and confined to the post.

betamax3000 said...

Naked Bob Dylan Robot says some Robots are equipped with Dutch Oven Technology.

Protect your input circuits.

rhhardin said...

Maybe there's a Jewish wife model.

Bob Boyd said...

Lars and the Real Girl
stars Ryan Gosling

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I1XxILVnt1w

bagoh20 said...

Until they make one that can say: "Thank you, that was fucking Amazing!", I'm not interested.

Ann Althouse said...

I assumed there's a stereotype in Japan about Dutch women being very passive sex partners.

AllenS said...

It's because Japanese men think that they'll be "Going Dutch".

Bob Boyd said...

I think its more to do with a stereotype of the Dutch being cheap, too cheap to spend the money to get a real wife or girlfriend.

William said...

I thought the allusion was to a Dutch oven. So far as I know there are no sexual stereotypes concerning Dutch women... (Is the fact that there are no stereotypes about them a kind of stereotype? And this despite the fact that many of them are reputed to be blonde.)

edutcher said...

Presumably the Dutch Wife is the spouse of the Dutch Uncle.

EDH said...

I had a mind-blowing experience with on of those dolls one night.

And that was from just inflating it.

Steve Koch said...

With the advances in robotics in terms of functionality and cost, can the day of the Cherry 2000 be far away? Besides the obvious advantages of being better looking, more sexually compliant, less irritating, and more available than the human choices available to many men, the personality of the sex robot can be tuned to the specific needs of the customer. Men and women will continue to grow apart and become adversarial.

Russell J. Coller, Jr. said...

Blade Runner.... are the girls "real" or "replicant" or some cold, preposterous combination that also shops and talks incessantly - like American girls.

EMD said...

With the advances in robotics in terms of functionality and cost, can the day of the Cherry 2000 be far away? Besides the obvious advantages of being better looking, more sexually compliant, less irritating, and more available than the human choices available to many men, the personality of the sex robot can be tuned to the specific needs of the customer. Men and women will continue to grow apart and become adversarial.

My luck I'd end up with Jude Law.

deborah said...

lol Mitchell and EDH

deborah said...

http://www.youtube.
com/watch?v=LHtgKIFoQfE

Astro said...

The brothels in Amsterdam are known throughout the world, with their 'window shopping' appearance.
I'd say the Dutch earned that reputation the, um, hard way.

Sam L. said...

Maybe the term referenced Amsterdam red light zones.

Darrell said...

The Brits used language as a weapon. The Dutch slurs began when they were competing with the Dutch for world trade. Dutch wife, Dutch uncle, Dutch treat, Dutch ovens (yes, the Dutch had real brick ovens and ovens were state-of-the-art technology once upon a time)--plus many more, icluding "Dutchie."

Darrell said...

The Dutch wife was a pillow, of course. Who'd want to sleep next to a Dutchman?

Clyde said...

Do they need Dutch courage to go out and buy one?

Rliyen said...

*Snerk*

Reminds me of The Police song "Would You Be My Girl"

She's everything they say she was

and I wear a permanent grin

And I only have to worry

in case my girl wears thin!

Dr Weevil said...

In Thomas Middleton's A Trick to Catch the Old One (published 1608), a character named Hoard has to have the phrase "Dutch widow" explained to him: "That's an English drab, sir".

Later in the same play, the Widow Medler is described as a rich widow and a Dutch widow, and Harry Dampit (=Damn Pit=Hell) says "She keeps open house" and Hoard replies "She did, I can tell you, in her tother husband's days; open house for all comers; horse and man was welcome, and room enough for 'em all."

"Medler" is a joke, too. Here's the note on the site where I found the text: "The medlar (also called 'openarse') is a small brown apple, picked soon after frost and not ready to eat until almost rotten, hence its connection with the Courtesan."

All in all, a very amusing play.

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Michael McNeil said...

There's a terrific movie about medieval Japan, Chushingura (the Inagaki-directed version), which tells the story of the 47 ronin, or masterless samurai — a tale which is considered the Japanese national epic (as “Gone with the Wind” is known as the American — or perhaps Southern — national epic). Chushingura has been made into a film several times, but Hiroshi Inagaki's version in my view is by far the best (though admittedly I haven't seen all of the variants).

Anyway, the (Inagaki) film gets you so thoroughly into the Japanese culture of the time (early 1600's) that when, halfway through the picture, some Dutch traders (in 17th century attire) wander through the scene, it's as if aliens from another world have suddenly walked by.

(Didn't see any “Dutch wives” in the film though.)