The 4th (and final!) episode of the Slutever VICE documentary series is out today :) This one investigates a new trend of single women in Japan who are paying for rent-a-boyfriends by the hour. Jealous! I went to Tokyo to have the boyfriend experience.
For the first time in centuries, young women in Japan are turning away from marriage and relationships. With more Japanese women entering the workforce, earning wages, and enjoying increased economic freedom, gender norms in the country are shifting, giving rise to new economic realities.
In Tokyo, a new wave of services is targeting these women, serving up the “à la carte” boyfriend experience. Whether they’re craving a shoulder to cry on, a hunk to take shots with, or a late-night cuddle, Tokyo-based women can fulfill their relational needs on demand and by the hour.
The show is directed/produced by Adri Murguia; Rachel Rapkin is the associate producer; Tyler Weinberger does cinematography; Karley Sciortino is host and co-producer.