I came upon bizarre news story today, regarding the disturbingly frequent incidents of molestation on crowded subway cars. When an article is titled "It's candy or bust for stressed-out 'gropaholics'" (I think that's supposed to be a pun), and begins with this sentence:
Summer, when women wear skimpier clothes and expose more flesh, traditionally sparks a jump in cases of train groping
While the average salaryman may see a woman's bust and be impressed, he'll generally turn away. Yet some men simply can't resist the temptation and thrust their hands out to cop a feel.
"When men are aroused by some sort of external influence, such as aroma, the dorsal lateral nucleus and preoptic area of the brain's instinct-controlling hypothalamic region become aroused and make the body act. Normally, this is what stirs the groins of men who see a beautiful woman," Yamamoto says. (blah...blah...blah) There's a high likelihood that habitual gropers may have something wrong with the way the prefrontal part of their brains are working."
Food culture researcher Hisao Nagayama says that chewing gum and candy could be a way for chronic gropers to combat their molesting malady.
"Excess stress causes a decrease in glucose, the brain's only source of energy, which in turn brings about a decreased ability to control impulses. Sucking on glucose-filled candy might be a good idea," the food expert tells Shukan Post. "Chewing stimulates the cerebral cortex, which raises consciousness, and could perhaps stop the impulsive grab, so gum may be a good choice, too."
Ok ok, but hasn't anyone ever told Dr. Expert that Sexual Abuse is more about power than it is about sex??? Me, I learned that in freshman sex-ed class back in the 90's.
In light of this new "scientific discovery," I half expect the Tokyo Metro authorities (the same people who founded the ineffective and shortsighted "women-only" subway cars) to start passing out twinkies on subway platforms during rush hour.
They could call the campain Bonbons for Bumgrabbers, Gumdrops for Gropaholics, or Candy for the should-be-Castrated!! (And in Japanese, there's always okashi for the okashii.)
Before they all start mobilizing the twinkies, though, they may want to also question their policy of decorating every other train car with advertisements that consist of soft core porn.
But that's just my opinion.