Via néojapanisme comes the somewhat amusing history of prostitution in Japan where, in the early 1930s, anti-prostitution advocates pressured the government to outlaw its brothel licensing system in the hopes of eliminating prostitution. One member of the Diet, Yamazaki Dennosuke, spoke out vociferously against eliminating prostitution arguing that, since a man needed to get his rocks off no matter what, prostitution was safer than jerking off, because masturbation causes upper respiratory infections. That, obviously, was a bigger danger than STIs or getting caught by your wife. Cough. [néojapanisme, image via OSU Archives]

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