The Greek Debt Crisis Is a Total Boner-Killer

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Fears that Greece could be teetering on the brink of insolvency if its membership to the Costco that is the European Currency Union is revoked have been pretty bad for all businesses, but especially bad for sexy businesses. The Telegraph reports that, of the 300 to 400 sex shops that once stood in back alleys and above car washes in Athens, only about a quarter have weathered the financial crisis as they struggle to find customers.

Friday attendance at Athens' Exotic Dream — Greece's largest sex fair — was comparatively low to pre-debt crisis numbers, and only about a dozen exhibitors set up tables. One retailer said that those who had set up shop at Exotic Dream were making a mere €20 a day, adding, "Some customers just don't feel like having sex - others can't afford to buy our stuff in the crisis."

One of the main problems plaguing the sex industry in Greece is that it hasn't mainstreamed quite as well as elsewhere in Europe. Sex shops are housed in ugly concrete buildings that look a few stabbings short of legitimate and languish in more blighted areas of town. Business, too, are often very small and so have been undercut by Chinese and Turkish competitors who can offer lingerie, vibrators, and lotions at far cheaper prices.

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Greece also used to have a small but bustling porn industry in the 80s, when companies looking for an exotic seaside fuckscape would seek out the remote, pristine beaches in the Greek Isles. Now, laments Exotic Dream organizer George Chrysospathis, "Five out of seven porn stars in Greece are Hungarian," and if Greece returns to the drachma (which doesn't seem as likely as it did just a week ago), Greeks should brace themselves for an unfathomable spike in the price of vibrators.

Greek sex industry hit by debt crisis [Telegraph]

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What shocked and amazed me when I lived in Greece for two years in the 1990s is that if you picked up any newspaper or magazine the models in all of the advertisements were blonde haired and blue eyed—even more so than in an American newspaper or magazine.

This despite the fact that most Greeks have dark features and Greek women with their lustrous black hair and deep set brown eyes are some of the most beautiful women in the world.

I never understood why the Greeks were so obsessed with blonde hair and blue eyes or fairer features when the general. population had darker Mediterranean features which I find so appealingl. It carried over into their choice of tv and film stars—a lot of the leading tv and film stars were foreigners from northern cliimes.

I saw the same thing when I lived in Tokyo: Caucasian models ... usually with nordic features .... dominated the advertisements.

I don't know if this has changed in more recent years but it always really annoyed me that they didn't celebrate their own ethnicity.