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.
1. diaper n.
尿布 (niao4 bu4)
例: Disposable diapers are very common nowadays.
2. masculinization n.
男性化 (nan2 xing4 hua4)
例: Steroid use causes male feminization and female masculinization.
3. pseudonym n.
匿名 (ni4 ming2)
例: If someone misbehaves, hiding behind a pseudonym does not protect them.