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The Gentle Rap-Tap Tapping of A Chinese “Massage Woman” at Your Door

Posted by w_thames_the_d on November 2, 2010


You like the title eh? Well its true, or partially true. Whats that you ask- go ahead ask. The truth is that in China there are hookers, and a lot of them. Of course prostitution is illegal here, but so is fraud and bribery-ooops. What i mean to say is that the country is moving towards the rule of law and is trying very hard to improve its standard of living, and therein lies the rub. In this country improving one’s standard of living give you face and face is respect. Unfortunately in this country face and respect are measure in money. So what is my point?

My point is that in a country like China even selling oneself is a viable option if it means
a-putting food on the family table
b-allowing one to purchase a luxury purse so the other Chinese will not look down upon her
As for point ‘a’, chinahush did an article a bit ago about a guy who prostituted out his own niece and then his daughter. In his words, “In China they don’t look down upon you if you’re a prostitute, they only frown upon you if you’re poor.” (I will blog this later).
So, for point ‘a’ we see that at times this practice may be forced upon a woman.One of my colleagues attributes this result to Confucianism. She states that if one looks at the 24 books of xiao, it shows that a child must suffer in order to give their parents comfort. She makes a compelling case for that imho.

As for point ‘b’ I submit the following and then some personal observations.
Here is a link from the LA Times about Chinese college students who become prostitutes so they can buy Gucci purses etc. Following the long history of having ‘kept women’, these women, who for a rate of 5-25,000U$ per year take on a sugar daddy. (Article -For some Chinese college students, sex is a business opportunity-)

At this point I know some of you are saying, ‘hey in my school we had that one girl Tiffany and she was a dancer, so the US is the same’. To which I’d reply ‘shut your dumb pie hole and listen, well I wouldn’t say that but I’d think it. Sure we have hookers in the states, Flint Michigan by the Delphi plants are swarming with chocolate love, but what you see in the USA cannot even remotely compare to what we have here.

For instance, in ANY apartment complex in China your door will be covered with little ‘business cards’ for massage services. I am not exaggerating here, but in a week you will receive 5-10 of them. One one side is the face of some sultry Chinese lady and on the back prices and a number. Then, when leaving your apartment, you will find the pimps for those women, they typically are younger guys who hang out and look at their cell phones a lot. The cops do nothing because.. well you can guess why, but the problem is crazy here. And if that is not to your liking maybe you dont trust the woman to go to your place ,then just go to a massage joint with the pink lights, those are the special ones.

So whats the point of all of this you ask…
The point is that I dont want to sound all “Mayberry RFD”, but in the race to modernize it would appear that they should have thought about morals and values. I guess you could consider this situation, vz selling or prostituting oneself what the country of China is doing to itself nowadays. In essence, it too is selling its body to the highest bidder, the air is polluted and the water as well. I guess all the world can do is watch and hope.

6 Responses to “The Gentle Rap-Tap Tapping of A Chinese “Massage Woman” at Your Door”

  1. Great post and painfully true.

    • wtdevflnt said

      Sad but true isn’t it? The really sad part is that back home they have no appreciation of just how bad it is.

      • It would be helpful sometimes if more people in the U.S. (and elsewhere) had better awareness of cultural realities in other countries. At the same time though, I’m really glad that this is so uncommon back home that people have a hard time even believing it’s true. It means that it doesn’t pervade our own society as much (yet).

  2. […] Leave a comment This guy has written a good post about the prevalence of girls in China who prostitute themselves in order to have more conveniences and improve their social standing. I think it’s important to realize what happens when an entire country sacrifices all reasons for upholding a moral ideal. Please read it. winner-winner, chicken dinner You like the title eh? Well its true, or partially true. Whats that you ask- go ahead ask. The truth is that in China there are hookers, and a lot of them. Of course prostitution is illegal here, but so is fraud and bribery-ooops. What i mean to say is that the country is moving towards the rule of law and is trying very hard to improve its standard of living, and therein lies the rub. In this country improving one's standard of living give you f … Read More […]

  3. Funny post, I was actually laughing while reading it.

    Funny and tragically honest at the same time.

    Myra

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