@BaronMind-Thanks for the encouragement and the work you do here. I will consider it.
I'm always happy to meet a fellow would-be author. If you need a proofreader or just want to bounce ideas around, I'm up for it! ...though I'm still not feeling the best, so please excuse any sudden bouts of half-asleep stupidity. -_-;
(On that note, I misread your previous posts twice while writing this reply! OTL)
In my mind, yumans have overall favorable acceptance because of the humanoid form, emotions and language ability. They are also smart enough to usually keep a low profile. And they mostly hate yukkuri, as most yukkuri hate them. So, they gravitate towards people.
I'd agree that bodied yukkuri are in general more tolerable than regular yukkuri. They have to be willing to accept the loss of "easiness" for their improved form and they're rejected by all but the most nicehead of regular yukkuri, so they rarely have shithead tendencies. On the other hand, they also have the capacity to get into vastly more mischief than a regular yukkuri.
As an aside, bodied yukkuri are practically nonexistant out of captivity in my stories, so there are no special "shelters". Wild or abandoned bodied yukkuri are handled the same way as regular yukkuri, albeit more rare, valuable and useful.
Most probably have pre-teen intellect and mindset, at best. As per yukkuri fanon, it is an exceptional yuman that qualifies for Platinum. Certified for financial transactions doesn't mean they're bank tellers, though. More like they can comprehend money denominations, count to 100. make change and swipe cards. Mildly-retarded people do this at fast-food places, already. The register even figures change, if you can input correctly.
There are two broad categories of bodied yukkuri in my stories. The first is the small, chubby kind that aren't much smarter than a regular Patchouli (if that). This is the most common kind of bodied yukkuri.
Bodied yukkuri that live to sufficient age under good enough living conditions can mature into the second category. They are larger, smarter and have more human features - about the size and mentality of a ten-year-old at the most. These are typically the long-lived "beloved family pet" who helps out around the house, and maybe working in the family business.
Understanding money as you describe is a requirement of the gold and platinum badges in my stories. The gold badge test simply requires that a yukkuri be able to count money well enough to be able to pay for something (and not get short-changed), while the platinum test is more like what's taught in grade school.
Really, I see in this world where yumans fill roles that robots might've been intended for. Housekeeping, security monitoring, entry-level retail, etc. And as they prove their capabilities/worth to society, society grants them more discretion. And that includes the reality of humansex.
I see the few bodied yukkuri that do find emplyoment mostly working for or alongside their owners. The occasional individual might get independent jobs housecleaning or stacking supermarket shelves, but it would be rare enough to be considered surprising in-story.
As far as humansex goes... I've seen at least one story on YFT about some less scrupulous individuals running a bodied-yukkuri brothel. I imagine that kind of thing alone would be enough for it to be made illegal.
Of course that doesn't mean it doesn't happen. If it's a platinum pet that knows the law and makes no complaint, I can see it being quietly ignored.
Creepy? Maybe. One story idea was how some yumans get normalized by working in retirement homes. The elderly fare better with pets around, and these "pets" are always willing to listen to the old folks, no matter how many times they repeat themselves. The yumans learned interaction and skills, got regular care themselves and felt part of a community.
I... guess I could see a retirement home buying bodied yukkuri to keep the old folks company. Though given the uncanny appearance of bodied yukkuri you'd have to make sure everyone's comfortable with the idea first.
@ThatOneGuy-Society is changing. Gay marriage is legal in ~36 states. Legal MJ in two or three. In a world with yumans, it's not a stretch to think humansex doesn't happen-nor the consequences of it. It's not a matter of society specifically sanctioning this, but the reality of it.
This wasn't directed at me, but... Gay marriage is still illegal in my country, and most of the conservatives here would certainly describe legalizing it as "society specifically sanctioning it".
The "reality", as you put it, would be in what people actually do, not the word of law.
Yumans are in general inoffensive, so there is no outcry to exterminate them like yukkuri. The Platinum marriage idea was incentive to legitimize the offspring and higher training for yumans. In this case society wins by offering a carrot instead of a stick.
Halfyukkuri are legally recognized as humans in my stories, regardless of the circumstances of their origin. Shunned and stigmatized humans with short life expectancy, numerous health problems and invariably broken families, but humans nonetheless. They're only slightly smaller than pure humans and well within the range of normal human intellect.
To be honest, the stuff I came up with about halfyukkuri leaned heavily towards horror. =/