Purity Culture and Idols – Bay Erickson

In my opinion, the way Japanese idol culture is being treated right now is dangerous, and relies on a long-standing history of fetishizing and commodifying women’s bodies. These ideas stand on a foundation of toxic masculinity, and in order to start to break down this caustic creation, we must analyze what the problems with current idol culture are. I believe the biggest problem with idol culture in Japan is the idea of “purity culture.” By explaining this mindset, I hope to shed some light on the toxic nature of Japan’s idol system, and possibly offer some insight on how to change it. Continue reading