|I agree with Nick - most obviously, friends would not be a part of a financial transaction in which one gets to treat the other like an item of furniture, in exchange for paying them.|
Bill - the reason women are used is because, as I understand it, women have *always* been used - this is hardly a new idea. And that is because men have always had the money and the power to show off their control over women to the people they had invited to eat with them by using women as furniture. I'm really slightly surprised that noone has heard of this before. Reuters, Oct 8th 1998 -
A German restaurant has been attacked as "tasteless" for serving sushi on naked models lying on top of tables. Brigitte Vollmer-Schubert, ombudsman for women's issues in the central city of Hanover, said she was appalled that the restaurant used naked women as huge "platters" for the Japanese dish, dubbed "sushi ala Jungfrau (virgin)". But the restaurant owner was quoted by Bild newspaper as saying the dish had been a huge hit and the evening-long meal, costing up to 400 marks ($250) per person, was booked out for weeks in advance.
The models, usually students in their 20s, wear nothing but see-through veils over their heads and a thin floral decoration between their legs. They are required to lie motionless on the table in the extra warm room. The sushi is spread out all over their bodies. Bodyguards dressed as samurai warriors make sure nothing gets out of hand. "They aren't entirely naked," wrote Bild. "Caviare is stuffed into their belly buttons, sword fish sushi is stuck near their armpits and between their legs is raw tuna fish sushi awaiting the hungry guests." "It's a great way to earn some pocket money," a model named Kim told the newspaper, saying she could earn up to 800 marks per night.
Incidentally, what's with this "men too hairy" bullshit? Is that the most pathetic excuse for not getting wasabi on your wiener since records began?
You may not have been aware of this, but the models that "Raw Catering" are using will be depilated. Their armpits and legs will be shaved, their pubic hair will be trimmed, bleached or removed, their forearms and lower belly will be waxed, quite possibly along with the skin between their breasts, their eyebrows and nipples will be plucked, their top lips sugared....there is no genetic predisposition to being a good sushi platter. I'm sure that given a straight razor and a steady eye we could make Morocco our nori-laden girlfriend in half the time....