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While critics condemned the gyaru as shallow, materialistic, and devoted to conspicuous consumption, admirers describe them as "kindhearted, active young women in exuberant health, the women of today." Kogals have been accused of conspicuous consumption, living off their parents and enjo-kosai (amateur prostitution/dating service).
Critics decry their materialism as reflecting a larger psychological or spiritual emptiness in modern Japanese life.
Some kogals support their lifestyle with allowances from wealthy parents, living a "parasite single" existence that grates against traditional principles of duty and industry.
"The modern school girls' uniform, embellished with loose socks and a cellular phone, has come to be perceived as the dress code for promiscuity, easiness, greed, and stupidity," according to one commentator.
"I wish that I were in high school at a different time," said one schoolgirl.
The word "kogal" is anglicized from kogyaru, a contraction of kōkōsei gyaru (high school gal).
They only see me as kogal, like the ones they see on TV." As for the accusation of conspicuous consumption, careful gal shoppers may know a thing or two about fashion that the journalists and movie directors who accuse them do not.
For every high-priced brand-name accessory, there is an off-brand version that goes for a fraction of the price.
Japanese fashion began to divide by age in the 1970s with the appearance of gyaru magazines aimed at teens.
Popteen, the most widely read of these magazines, has been publishing monthly since 1980.