“70% of Guys” Hate Nail Art

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Elaborate nail art may be a staple of girly Japanese fashion, but that has not stopped the vast majority of men quizzed about it reporting that they actually hate it – much to the consternation of nail salons throughout the land.

Held up as one of the “three sacred treasures of femininity” (alongside eyelash makeup and elaborately curled hair), nail art is regarded by many young Japanese women as an essential fashion accessory, and certainly ranks as one of their favoured blogging subjects.

However, only 35% of 149,312 Japanese questioned reported liking nail art, compared to 60.8% who said they did not like it, whilst an understone contingent of 3.7% had never even heard of it.

Broken down by gender, only 24.9% of men liked it, compared to fully 70% who disliked it.

Meanwhile, 47.8% of women liked it, with 50% disliking it.

In spite of all this, it seems unlikely jewel encrusted talons will be going out of fashion any time soon – they are just “too cute”:

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The Aya Hirano collection:

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Amongst men there is the usual incomprehension at female fashion foibles:

“Men aren’t interested in this stuff…”

“I hate it. I guess everyone else does too.”

“Nail art looks pretty inconvenient!”

“It’s inconvenient alright. Your fingertips get heavy and you have to put gloves on when you go to bed…”

“Why do this? And at least take it off when you go to bed.”

“It is unsanitary if you ask me.”

“It’s a good marker for women who have no intention of ever doing any housework.”

“At least take them off if you are preparing food!”

“Not applying nail polish is rude in some cases, but nail art takes it too far. Transparent or light pink looks good though.”

“Rude? What are you talking about? Where did these manners come from?”

“The ones with the overly elaborate nail art just look like hostesses at a cabaret club.”

“The ones with talons which look venomous just make me wither…”

“Lumping fake nails and gel nails in with manicured nails is just wrong.”

“It’s not like men can tell the difference.”

“Men just hate overly elaborate decoration like that, it’s not limited to nails.”

“Women really think it will make them popular with men, so if you see one who tries hard at least praise her efforts a bit.”

“Don’t worry, they don’t really think it will be popular with guys. But do praise them, although the ones who want that kind of praise are probably better avoided.”

“It’s just one of those things women insist on doing which men will never understand.”

“Nail and eyelash art are essential for women to look good. It’s just embarassing not to!”

“They just get the wrong idea when you call her cute when she’s showing off her nails, which the guy is probably not interested in.”

“Women are just narcissists.”

“Honestly I doubt any fashion girls are actually interested in appeals to men.”

“They aren’t doing it to appeal to men, it’s to appeal to their own sense of being kawaii.”

“Women’s magazines just incite competitive consumption amongst women. When they talk about ‘increasing you femininity’ and competitiveness amongst other women, it isn’t in terms of what appeals to men.”

“Get out of it girls, you’re dreaming!:”

[A manga advert for "Nail Salon Venusrico":]

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["Hey, nice nails. Marry me."]

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["Thanks to the tips of her nails, she was able to marry a hot guy! Next, it's your turn!"]

“Ha, she’s in heaven.”

“Excuse me whil I go compliment a girl on her nail art and then marry her.”

“This explains why they do it perfectly though. It’s not because they are trying to appeal to guys, but because they are competing amongst other girls to get a good guy. They’ll stop if their boyfriend says he doesn’t like it, like they’ll stop one of those pointless diets.”

“My girl manages to look cute and natural without all this maintenance. Natural is number 1!”


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    Comment by Anonymous
    13:23 23/05/2013 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    “It’s a good marker for women who have no intention of ever doing any housework.”

    Comment by Taylor
    15:44 23/05/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    or schoolwork, or any other kind of work.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:11 23/05/2013 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Simplicity is the hallmark of elegance. Overly elaborate nail art is like anything overly elaborate - tacky.

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    Comment by Akihito
    15:48 23/05/2013 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Natural nails are the best. This "art" is only creepy.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:44 23/05/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.3)

    ^This

    I have hated nail polish since I was a kid. I regularly use it to paint my rusty glasses, though.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Natural nails are horrible, it's better if they paint them in a modest manner but frankly, this japanese 'art' is as horrible as natural nails.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:17 23/05/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Indeed.

    BUT girls nowadays are sluts, this goes well.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:11 23/05/2013 # ! Good (+0.8)

    With nails like that she can't do anything. She's practically announcing her intent to not do anything at home and smooch off the husband. Not marriageable!

    Comment by Anonymous

    Well, you say it because you're a meany head!

    Comment by Taylor

    Exactly. But when I say it because Im a meany head it doesnt get positive attention. x3

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:00 24/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    honestly, slut shaming fucking sucks...

    but any girl trying to be a "slut" by doing this isn't being a very good slut anyways...

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:15 23/05/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I wonder can she even type with a keyboard with those.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:46 23/05/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Crass, unsophiphisticated, vulgar.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:58 24/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm a girl and even I think the freakishly long over-elaborate nails are tacky and a huge nuisance (how to hell can you do anything even basic with those??). If it's some kind of nail art competition and not for everyday purposes then yeah go crazy, but the sad reality is that most of these nails are from people who do wear them everyday.

    2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 14, 22 and 23 look pretty ok because they're not very long (they're just long enough to be naturally long but not to get in the way of work) and not loaded with loads of crap.

    I paint my nails different colors and simple stuff like that because it's fun, so I'd like to say at least one thing: if you a woman do it to "attract" men you're a dumbass. Do it because you enjoy it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:22 24/05/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Painted nails are strikes against a woman for me.

    It can take a woman from beautiful to "ew" instantly.

    If you paint your nails. Do it in colors that compliment your skin color. Skin colors, pastels like Peach or light pink.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:05 28/05/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    13.14: Shut up. Don't pretend that nail art is some kind of womyn empowerment accessory. It's pea-cocking, nothing more.

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    Comment by Akihito
    02:10 02/06/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    23:45 Anonymous

    Implying there aren't tons of females that like video games, manga and anime figurines.

    Females can do anything they like, but males also have right to hate it. There is no double standard here.

    Comment by Anonymous

    I agree, its something you do because you like it its not about appealing to men. but I guess guy should give up video games,manga and anime figurines because women don't like it.

    btw I like anime and I don't care for nail art but I do care for the shit double standard. All people should get their heads out of their asses and stop thinking every hobby a person enjoys is for the sake of the opposite sex or that a persons hobbies should cater to their own preference.

    The end!

    Comment by Anonymous

    hey, maybe crazy colors at least... they're ok on occasion, like with special outfits/costumes...

    Comment by Anonymous

    That's bogus, if a woman paints her nails she should do it for herself and because she enjoys it and not to appeal to anyone. That says more about her self-esteem than anything else and is more worrying than temporarily painting a small part of your body for fun.

    Blue, green and other non-skin colors look great, too. It's more how dark/light your skin is which will make a color look bad or good. I can pull off medium to light greens and blues but not any yellows or oranges.

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    19:30 23/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Imagine getting a handjob with those claws D:
    Well, it is fine as long as you are a hardcore M :)

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:59 23/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    until they wipe their ass

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:23 25/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    They don't need to do this in Japan, most toilets have those fountain cleaners for that.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:35 25/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    They wet, but they don't do the wiping too, do they?

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:23 23/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Aye, i'm cool if it was minor things well painted on nails and more importantly they fit and don't look like friggin clown lightbulbs, other stuff is just idiotic. Clearly most of those girls have no friggin artistic sense of their own :( Not to mention all those unhygenic sticky plastics they keep on adding (and long nails are dangerous)

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    Comment by Castian
    22:23 23/05/2013 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    Nail "Art"
    Fuck it >.>

    Comment by Anonymous

    Actually, no. If you are to bother with painting what doesn't have to be painted, you should make it worth the effort.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:03 23/05/2013 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    These nails look like the girls stuck their fingers under the ocean until barnacles accumulated.

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    Comment by Erranty
    13:46 23/05/2013 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Ladies, if your nails are more interesting than you are as a person, you're not going to be attracting anyone.

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    Comment by coquette
    06:49 24/05/2013 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Sorry, I'm a girl and a gamer and those nails wouldn't
    last a day with me and a keyboard/controller.

    The picture of the pedicure is cute but long nails on your fingers is just too much maintenance and they look
    like crap after a few days of wear and tear.

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    Comment by cats2
    04:06 24/05/2013 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    70% seems way to low..

    Just seems like something only middle school girls might do..

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    Comment by Primus de Pedos
    11:49 23/05/2013 # ! Good (+0.7)

    Nail art is kinda pointless since men always focused on the flesh.

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    Comment by Pantsu~kudasai
    12:04 23/05/2013 # ! Good (+0.6)

    So they should do tit art instead? You may be unto something revolutionary here.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:13 24/05/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Ugh.. isn't that just technically tattoos? Just as bad as this stuff, imo, regardless of your sex.

    But body paint... that's a little better, at least when used in an ecchi fashion :3

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    Comment by Fapping Time
    21:33 26/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    tattoos are a hard call. they can make a woman look very sexy or trashy as hell depending on the quality of the artwork...

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    Comment by Shuubi
    12:18 23/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    I've seen tit art. It was interesting. It was an artistic work though, not something someone was just doing in their everyday life.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:23 23/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Banzai for some titty action.

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    Comment by Shuubi
    12:04 23/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    It doesn't have to be for men...? I think it can look pretty damn tacky myself a lot of them time but just because a woman does something it doesnt mean it's for men. Some people just have weird hobbies. Have you heard of 'Decotora?' They're truckers in japan that decorate their trucks in even more gaudy ways than some girls decorate their nails, but its not like they do it to attract women (or men), they do it because its an outlet for their creativity.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:30 23/05/2013 # ! Good (+0.8)

    Me, a man dislike nail art. Oh, I understand very clearly that woman into fashion do not mean to entice man, it is also for showing off to another woman.

    There's a joke of when a man watch a woman, the eyes focus on the face, tits and ass.

    When a woman watch another woman, the eyes bewilder around the cloth, pants/skirt brand, hair style, shoes/high-heel, handbag, in short, every gadget and equipment of the other woman.

    But what I am going to say, if a woman try to flirt with a man and doing those ridiculous nail art, it is a waste of time, as man do not care about it at all, and sometimes find it repulsive of woman wearing a "too shiny" nail art.

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    Comment by Akihito
    18:07 23/05/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I'm pretty sure that most men tend to avoid women with that type of nails.

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    Comment by yuriphoria
    23:45 23/05/2013 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    Haven't you noticed that Sankaku has a lot of HATE articles lately?

    My opinion is mixed. For everyday use I think its tacky. BUT I do appreciate the subrealistic side of life and I think they look great in the same way a mural looks great. In others words it's something nice to look at for a brief while.

    Comment by Anonymous

    ON THE NALAHS, CULO, entendiste PEDOS PESTILENTES??

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:05 24/05/2013 # ! Good (+0.6)

    I find single, simple, one colored nail polish (all red, pink, and other colors that would also work as lipstick) to be pretty sexy actually, but any weird colors like green and orange without any reason behind them (i.e. not in use with a halloween costume) or something crazier just looks ugly, tacky, creepy, and/or disgusting, and also pointless.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:52 24/05/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Oh, and I forgot annoying and obtrusive, for everyone involved, lol. On top of that, ever heard the complaint about men complaining about their wives jabbing into them overnight in bed? That can't be pleasant...

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:10 23/05/2013 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Nail art is FLICKING CREEPY. Girl, really, dont overuse it, its a MAJOR TURN OFF, in so many ways....

    If you must, FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, keep it SIMPLE, PLEASE!.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:51 23/05/2013 # ! Good (+0.6)

    why would you want your fingers to look like chicken feet?

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    Comment by PaperJunkie
    11:49 23/05/2013 # ! Good (+0.6)

    im okay with nail art. i embrace creativity in all forms.

    Comment by Anonymous
    Comment by Anonymous
    13:56 23/05/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    The way her hands are positioned makes it look like some sort of tentacle crab monster.

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    Comment by Powerpuff Loli
    12:20 23/05/2013 # ! Good (+0.4)

    But I bet she gives some nice back scratches. #silverlining

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:23 23/05/2013 # ! Good (+0.6)

    More like red lines, amirite?

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:37 23/05/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    how does she eat with those hands

    Comment by Black Mage
    13:25 23/05/2013 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    Worse still how the hell does she wipe her ass.

    Does she have to hold it in all day until that shit is taken off or does she have a butt butler to handle that?

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:39 23/05/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Those nails are already forks. Makes everything finger food.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:28 24/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Face + Plate

    Comment by Black Mage
    00:45 24/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Who knows they may actually be made from plastic forks.

    Comment by Taylor

    Yes. And your girl shall creativity sap all your money away while screwing other guys until she eventually leaves you and you pay her alimony the rest of your creatively embracing life.







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