Elder Porn Explodes in Japan: Will the U.S. Be Next?

Heather Murphy-Raines

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Yes, I said it. 

Elder. Porn. 

Two words I would never in a million years have ever put together. 

Yet? It exists ...

Oh mahh goodness, my friends. Oh, does it exist in Japan!

This sex niche is definitely growing in Japan, despite the fact that several studies have found that the country "is one of the most sexless societies in the industrialized world."

Contradictory case in point: One of their most prolific porn stars is 74-year-old Shigeo Tokuda

Just guess how many films this old guy has starred in ...

the country has seen a surge in demand for pornography that has turned adult videos into a billion-dollar industry, with "elder porn" one of its fastest-growing genres.

Read more: http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1815509,00.html#ixzz18j8GoE5P

If you said 30, you would be off by a magnitude of 10. Yes, Tokuda -- who has a wife and daughter -- has starred in 350 films and is still going strong. The worst part?

His wife and daughter have no idea of his part-time occupational passion.

The irony boggles the mind: Japan is a country where 1 in 4 couples have not made love in the previous YEAR. Sheesh! (I thought my post-children sex drive was bad.)

Yet, Time reports:

The country has seen a surge in demand for pornography that has turned adult videos into a billion-dollar industry, with 'elder porn' one of its fastest-growing genres.

Only one in four? Really?
Reading about Tokuda and his occupation, I am of two minds. 

Ninety percent of me says this is ridiculously and unforgivably deceitful to his family -- especially his wife whose health and life is in danger if he comes home with a sexually transmitted disease. 

And the whole cheating aspect? Yes, he most certainly is cheating especially because he is considered a brand in Japan -- you know, like Debbie Does Dallas. (Yes, I know my porn. I have tried to wipe this from my mind, but as a teenager, I worked in a big chain video and music store. I am still scarred. I cannot tell you how bad it is to check in warm, sticky videos from neighborhood dads. Ugh! Instant birth control.)

Back to Mr. Tokuda and that other 10 percent of my now grown-up woman mind?

A very, very small part of me says, "Wow!" I hope to be throwing caution to the wind and sexually blazing at 74.

Heck, a part of says I wish I was that way now. I am a bit jealous. Not of his cheating, but of his drive.

So, right or wrong, what do you hope to be doing at 74? Porn? Heh!


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