I have been wanting to write about this for a while. So I hope some people will share my views, and that others will respect them and perhaps take part in a healthy debate?
This 'taboo' really grinds me down an awful lot in the Western/gaijin community.
I feel a lot of people, especially in the new generation, dismiss the fact
that Gyaru originally was partly an expression of Sexuality, trying to get
away from the pressure of Japanese society in the early 90s (and still now!).
This is one of the main reasons (apart from being so tanned) that Gyaru were
classed as "dirty girls".
I feel that because a lot of girls interested in 'girlier' fashion, who tend
to lean towards dressing in Liz Lisa etc, are now dominant in the west, finding
it easier to intergrate items into all outfits from western spring/summer fashion.
This style of Gyaru, which is undeniably popular all over the Globe, is still
considered 'sexy' in Japan. Because still in a lot of rural and traditional areas
of Japan, even if you bare your shoulders or a little too much of here & there,
you are considered a whore, and even if seen outside of work, can be fired from
your job just by reputation.
Over in the West, due to the dominance of sexy fashion taking influence from the Adult
Industry, most of us wouldn't associate something so cute and girly directly with sex.
Perhaps with looking younger, but because there are similar -but not quite "Gyaru"-
items in the Western fashion market, it's considered more the norm.
I have nothing against Liz Lisa, or those who dress in it (I have a few items myself)
but the main reason I came back to Gyaru was due to me losing weight and feeling
that I could wear something a little sexier and express that side of me that was,
admittedly, suppressed when I was wearing Lolita. I am not attracted to Lolita in
any sexual way, it was purely for my love of Period Dramas and historic horror films.
So much to my surprise that when I fully started wearing Gyaru again, the newer Gyaru
that were in the community where on the whole more frilly and girly. Either because
they had migrated over from Lolita or that they just generally liked the style. I was a
little thankful that elements of the older styles were still peeking through in
Tsuyome <3 and cool styles being more prominant like Rokku-kei etc; which appeal to
me in general.
Over this past year-and-a-bit we've seen another wave of change within Gyaru fashion trends.
Combining 'darker' items and themes, with club & gothic elements in tutuHA & Fernoopa;
breaking out of more of Japan's taboos with Mafia, Biker gangs and tatoos with OraOra-kei,
and obviously these styles are beomming more apparent and popular if they can have whole
magazines and publications on these sub-styles.
I know a lot of these blog rants get flamed, and I obviously hope not to anger anyone,
but I do get fed up of people constantly being slut-shamed and put down for dressing
in d.i.a or wearing a super push-up bras and jokingly grabbing their tits etc.
Fair enough that styles change, but lots of base elements of Gyaru are still prominant.
YOU SHOULDN'T HAVE TO CONFORM IN A STYLE THAT IS SUPPOSED TO BE NON-CONFORMATIVE.
Perhaps at least in the girls' version of Egg, they have cut down on the sex-related articles
and funny comics. You still get them, but more so they appear in Ranzuki, and are still
ongoing in Men's Egg. Does anyone perhaps think that this is because they assume that girls
in Japan have been growing up with Gyaru and have read all the previous articles, or are
aware of the 'reputation' associated with Gyaru??
In all honesty, I'm assuming a lot of people will think because I 'haven't been around
for a long while' I would be ignorant. I apologise for perhaps thinking this, but
I have been into and dressing Gyaru for a very long time. May not have ever been the best,
certainly not the slimmest, or the most popular bla bla bla, but I do take the things
that I like with open arms, and for a lot of girls (and guys) to be this ignorant
and callous towards others is beyond me.
People go on about following a "Gyaru Lifestyle". It is possible, obviously the materialistic
items are a little more difficult to get hold of, but if you plan on following one be prepared
to accept & admire the roots, know your shit, to be surrounded by diet & fad-conscious girls, to get
hit on by pervs and to know how to defend yourself, to perhaps get shit jobs because of how
you dress and most importantly - learn to accept hate and just have fun with it all.
Readers. For the love of anything Holy....
GET WILD AND BE SEXY.