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Mon Nov 4, 2013, 10:51 AM

"White Hands": Japanese medical sex therapists for the disabled



This is a very interesting video by VICE. It is about a company called "White Hands" that provides sexual stimulation for disabled patients that suffer from cerebral palsy and the like.

The worker herself speaks in very polite and honorific Japanese about the patients. She is clearly educated and has an appreciation for importance of her work and sees the humanity of her patients.

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Reply "White Hands": Japanese medical sex therapists for the disabled (Original post)
Bonobo Nov 2013 OP
AAO Nov 2013 #1
Nitram Nov 2013 #3
AAO Nov 2013 #7
greiner3 Nov 2013 #20
Nitram Nov 2013 #2
AtheistCrusader Nov 2013 #9
Ed Suspicious Nov 2013 #4
passiveporcupine Nov 2013 #13
Victor_c3 Nov 2013 #5
AAO Nov 2013 #8
AtheistCrusader Nov 2013 #10
ForgoTheConsequence Nov 2013 #18
AtheistCrusader Nov 2013 #23
zebonaut Nov 2013 #6
Skittles Nov 2013 #14
AtheistCrusader Nov 2013 #11
99th_Monkey Nov 2013 #12
Prophet 451 Nov 2013 #15
99th_Monkey Nov 2013 #16
RandySF Nov 2013 #17
Prophet 451 Nov 2013 #19
greiner3 Nov 2013 #21
AtheistCrusader Nov 2013 #24
RitchieRich Nov 2013 #22
PatrynXX Nov 2013 #25

Response to Bonobo (Original post)

Mon Nov 4, 2013, 11:10 AM

1. I have a crick in my neck. Does that qualify to be considered disabled?

 

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Response to AAO (Reply #1)

Mon Nov 4, 2013, 11:13 AM

3. AAO, are you like, 11 years old?

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Response to Nitram (Reply #3)

Mon Nov 4, 2013, 01:06 PM

7. I'm 58. I just act like a 11 year old.

 

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Response to Nitram (Reply #3)

Tue Nov 5, 2013, 08:21 AM

20. Dude, lighten up!

 

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Response to Bonobo (Original post)

Mon Nov 4, 2013, 11:12 AM

2. What an enlightened view...

...of the needs of the disabled. Kudos, Japan.

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Response to Nitram (Reply #2)

Mon Nov 4, 2013, 02:44 PM

9. They exist in the US as well.

This movie is based on the concept here, and despite being a romantic comedy, is actually based on real people/events. (And then the comedy/tragedy turned up a notch or two)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1866249/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_6

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Response to Bonobo (Original post)

Mon Nov 4, 2013, 11:17 AM

4. Eye opening. I never once in my life considered the idea that the disabled are clearly sexual

beings as nearly every human is. I'm happy that somebody has considered it, and I'm a bit ashamed that it had to be spelled out for me. On the plus side the video provided a boost to my empathy levels.

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Response to Ed Suspicious (Reply #4)

Mon Nov 4, 2013, 07:21 PM

13. exactly how this struck me

Why did I never think of this?

We live in a shamed society...shamed by the natural processes of life. I hope it doesn't take too long to evolve.

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Response to Bonobo (Original post)

Mon Nov 4, 2013, 11:25 AM

5. There should be no shame for any sex workers

They are providing a service to people like any other professional. Sex and the urges associated with it are one of those fundamental urges we all have - kind of like eating and sleeping.

I don't know why we as a society look down on sex work in general. It shouldn't be anything to be ashamed of so long as the person is doing it on their own free will and not forced into it via a pimp, drug addition, or the like.

These people, in my mind, are doing a very noble cause and are providing comfort and support for the disabled. As a result, I'm sure the disabled person's quality of life is greatly improved.

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Response to Victor_c3 (Reply #5)

Mon Nov 4, 2013, 01:08 PM

8. Unfortunately, some that may say it is free will, are deathly

 

afraid of some pimp kicking the shit out of them if they say otherwise.

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Response to AAO (Reply #8)

Mon Nov 4, 2013, 02:46 PM

10. If it were legal 'pimps' would more or less no longer exist.

Or would be forced into the margins of the truly unlawful, like dealing in supplying underage people for non-consensual acts.

Pimps are the organized crime element of prohibitions, just like alcohol, drugs, etc, whenever you take a socially acceptable/common thing, label it a 'sin' and criminalize it.

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Response to AtheistCrusader (Reply #10)

Tue Nov 5, 2013, 04:38 AM

18. Not necessarily true.

In areas with legalized prostitution sex trafficking and exploitation are still prevalent.



Read Rachel Lloyd's memoir Girls Like Us about being a child prostitute in Germany.

Legality Leads to More Trafficking

http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2012/04/19/is-legalized-prostitution-safer/legalizing-prostitution-leads-to-more-trafficking

The argument that legalizing prostitution makes it safer for women just hasnít been borne out in countries implementing full legalization. In fact, legalization has spurred traffickers to recruit children and marginalized women to meet demand. Amsterdam, long touted as the model, recently started recognizing rates of trafficking into the country have increased and is beginning to address the enormous hub of trafficking and exploitation that it's created.

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Response to ForgoTheConsequence (Reply #18)

Tue Nov 5, 2013, 11:07 AM

23. That's uh... kinda what I said, actually.

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Response to Bonobo (Original post)

Mon Nov 4, 2013, 11:32 AM

6. Obamacare should cover sex workers here in the US

 

It would actually increase productivity

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Response to Bonobo (Original post)

Mon Nov 4, 2013, 02:47 PM

11. VICE has been putting out high quality, interesting documentaries lately.

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Response to Bonobo (Original post)

Mon Nov 4, 2013, 04:26 PM

12. Medical Marijuana, and now Medical Sex? What next? Where will all this end?

 

hopefullly with full repeal of all victimless "crimes" between consenting adults.

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Response to 99th_Monkey (Reply #12)

Tue Nov 5, 2013, 02:12 AM

15. Sex work isn't always victimless

With sex work, you also have to consider that some of the workers are in the business to support drug habits or because of pimps. Now, I think the best way to deal with that is to legalise prostitution so it can be properly regulated.

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Response to Prophet 451 (Reply #15)

Tue Nov 5, 2013, 02:43 AM

16. I never said ALL sex work was victimless

 

but we DO totally agree on legalization, which would in turn help de-victimize sex work.

So is all good.

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Response to Prophet 451 (Reply #15)

Tue Nov 5, 2013, 04:18 AM

17. How many professions are victimless.

You're right, too many sex workers are physically abused, but how much more fortunate is the single mom who works herself to death under a verbally I've had coworkers in various organizations who wound up having nervous breakdowns because of tyrannical bosses who made their working days a living Hell. Are they not victims, too?

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Response to RandySF (Reply #17)

Tue Nov 5, 2013, 06:43 AM

19. Yes, they are

But this conversation is about sex work so I was restricting my comments to that.

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Response to Bonobo (Original post)

Tue Nov 5, 2013, 08:32 AM

21. Ahhhh;

 

Helen Hunt in the buff.

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Response to greiner3 (Reply #21)

Tue Nov 5, 2013, 11:08 AM

24. That's why I didn't watch the movie.

Couldn't trust my motives.

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Response to Bonobo (Original post)

Tue Nov 5, 2013, 10:26 AM

22. I see a little role playing in someone's future tonight!

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Response to Bonobo (Original post)

Tue Nov 5, 2013, 12:21 PM

25. why does this remind me of The Sessions

with Helen Hunt???

no laughing ... although Depression is listed as being disabled I don't think I'd count..

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