Are traditional gender identities changing? It seems like it might be the case if we examine buzzwords from Japan. Popular a couple of years ago, the so-called 肉食女子 and 草食男子 – carnivorous girls and herbivorous boys – paint a very different picture to the traditional idea of assertive men and shy women.
Here’s a short audio clip explaining the terms. It’s recorded at quite a relaxed pace and voiced very clearly, but contains quite a few compound kanji terms and difficult expressions. Give it a listen and see if you can understand the content. A translation and script is below.
The original Japanese:
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