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Adult diapers a surprising new trend among Japanese women
日本女性穿成人紙尿褲成新潮流

Police march in diapers as they take part in a demonstration in Madrid, Spain on Nov. 17.
員警十一月十七日包著尿布在西班牙馬德里參加一場抗議遊行。

Photo: Reuters
照片:路透

Most toddlers can feel a sense of accomplishment when they graduate to the big boy or girl potty, but some people in Japan are voluntarily going back to wearing diapers.

Japanese media report the trend of wearing adult diapers is becoming increasingly popular, especially for women looking to save time.

Japanese magazine SPA described the trend in an article titled “The Ultimate Form of Slob.” In the article they talk about the masculinization of women who do not clean their rooms as often as they used to, do not shave and wear diapers.

One 25-year-old woman, who would only be identified under a pseudonym, has been wearing a diaper to work at a real estate agency almost every day for the last six months. She does it to save time and the trouble of going to the washroom. She does not wear one when she is with her boyfriend and only wears them under a skirt because pants make it too obvious.

This woman is far from alone. Sales of adult diapers surpassed sales of diapers for babies for the first time in Japan this past May. However, a big part of this is Japan’s quickly aging population, meaning there is an increasing number of people who require the diapers.

(Liberty Times)

大多數兒童在能自己使用廁所時都有成就感,但一些日本人卻自願重新穿上紙尿褲。

日本媒體報導,穿成人紙尿褲的潮流越來越風行,特別是對那些想省時間的女性來說。

日本《SPA》雜誌在一篇題為「懶漢的終極形態」的文章中描述了這一流行趨勢。這篇文章探討了女性的男性化,比如不像以往的女性那樣愛打掃房間,不剃毛,還穿紙尿褲。

一位匿名的二十五歲女性,過去半年幾乎每天都穿紙尿褲在一家房地產仲介公司工作。她這樣做是為了節省時間,也省去了去洗手間的麻煩。她和男朋友在一起時不會穿,而且穿紙尿褲時一定會穿裙子,因為穿褲子會很容易被看出來。

像這位女士一樣穿紙尿褲的成年人在日本為數眾多。今年五月份,日本成人紙尿褲的銷量首度超過了嬰兒紙尿褲。然而,其中主要歸因於日本人口快速老齡化,因此需要紙尿褲的人越來越多。

(自由時報/翻譯:陳成良)

TODAY’S WORDS 今日單字

1. diaper n.

尿布 (niao4 bu4)

例: Disposable diapers are very common nowadays.

(當今拋棄式尿布非常普及。)

2. masculinization n.

男性化 (nan2 xing4 hua4)

例: Steroid use causes male feminization and female masculinization.

(使用類固醇會導致男性女性化和女性男性。)

3. pseudonym n.

匿名 (ni4 ming2)

例: If someone misbehaves, hiding behind a pseudonym does not protect them.

(如果有人有不法行為的話,匿名保護不了他們。)


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