|The story below is originally published on Mainichi Daily News by Mainichi Shinbun (http://mdn.mainichi.jp).|
|They admitted inventing its kinky features, or rather deliberately mistranslating them from the original gossip magazine.|
|In fact, this is far from the general Japanese' behavior or sense of worth.|
Fiery foxes spend summer banging on the sly 2004,09,15
Shukan Gendai 9/18 By Masuo Kamiyama
And how, ma'am, inquires Shukan Gendai (9/18), did you get off during this most sizzling of summers? Who did you do it with? And where?
"In summer, there's so much skin showing," sighs a 22-year-old department store employee, one of 300 OLs who responded to the magazine's poll.
"Feelings are more open. Sex just happens."
So it does. "I did it with my boyfriend on the beach after everyone went home," confesses a 19-year-old in the clothing sector.
"I went to the office on my days off to have sex with my boss," reveals a 27-year-old securities firm employee.
"In the lounge, with the chief of interns," confides a 25-year-old hospital office staffer.
"We kept our hands pressed against each others' mouths, so no one would hear us."
Beneath those prim office uniforms, behind those demure businesslike smiles, lurk passions that frankly surprise Shukan Gendai.
"Tumultuous" is the word it uses to describe the life it finds seething under the bland surface appearances.
The survey covered female company employees, aged from the teens to the forties.
Sixty percent of respondents have steady partners; 30 percent claim to have had sex with "four to six men;" one boasts a life history of 80 partners.
Of particular interest is that no fewer than 43.3 percent of the 300 have "sex friends" -- sexual partners who are neither husband nor boyfriend.
"For today's OL," infers Shukan Gendai, "a sex friend is becoming indispensible for sexual satisfaction."
Forty percent of respondents say their most memorable sexual experiences are adulterous ones.
"I'd go to my boss' house, telling my husband it was to discuss work," says a 29-year-old employed by a manufacturing company.
"We'd go into his room and, with most of our clothes on, I'd mount him while he sat in his chair.
The big thrill was knowing that his wife was in the next room..."
"One night I had sex outside with my friend's boyfriend," recalls, with an infectious shiver of pleasure, a 21-year-old office worker.
"There was this party.I was with my boyfriend, and my friend was with hers We were drinking, and my friend's boyfriend and I - we just had to do it.We were in 'H mode'" - "H" being common slang for sex.
"We went outside, but it was a residential area, no open spaces, no love hotels. Where could we go? Finally we ended up on the roof of an apartment building..."
Both parties being rather drunk, their initial fumbling attempts at coupling were frustrating failures, but "then the sun rose, and in the fierce glare of the summer sun" they recovered their customary adroitness, and "whenever I recall it," the young woman tells Shukan Gendai, "I get excited."
As, vicariously, do we.
September 15, 2004