So we told you about the new issue of Milk, the French children's fashion magazine for new hipster fashionista parents, and its well-illustrated breastfeeding story. The editors love the edgy photo shoots, and most are cute... But a concept in this same issue gave us pause. Granted, we don't know the difference between a geisha and a prostitute, or a geisha and a woman in traditional Japanese dress. But we do know that dressing children in this stuff results in awkwardness — for us and for them. Because these kids don't exactly look like they're having the time of their lives. Check out some of the shots, after the jump.
TRUE geishas DON'T offer sex, Oiran offer sex (and the person who said they tie their obi in the front is correct). During the occupation of Japan, many prostitutes told Western soldiers that they were geisha (and of course Westerners believed them).
Geisha are trained in traditional Japanese music (such as playing the shamisen) as well as literature, serving tea, dancing and conversational skills. They have too much riding on the reputation to ruin it by offering sex on the DL.
Thanks to Memoirs of a Geisha/Arthur Golden, who almost got a former geisha killed because he exposed her AFTER promising anonymity due to the strict geisha code of silence, many more people think that geishas are prostitutes.
And the Chinese stopped foot binding for a reason, broken bones/muscle atrophy/paralysis/infections is not what I would call "cute". Do a google search on footbinding, seeing women in their 70's with feet the size of a one year old is really sad and painful to take in.