The dormitory in which most of the barbershop employees live is located in a residential community just a block away from the shop. The community has small mom and pop, restaurants, and a playground for children. They also have one of those ‘other’ barbershops…the kind which has the red light, and the pretty girls standing by the door, and where they don’t actually cut any hair.
Every day when we walk to the dormitory for dinner I pass this other barbershop. These kinds of establishments are quite commonplace in China, but what I found more interesting are the billboard advertisements strategically placed directly in front of the barbershop door.
You probably wouldn’t guess it by looking at the woman in this picture, but this is a sign for a “pain-free abortion.” The cost is 300 RMB (approx $40 USD). Maybe it is just me, but the message I get from this sign is “Yippeee!!! Abortion can be fun!!!”
You don’t need to read Chinese to figure out the meaning of this one. It’s Fuzhou’s latest 3000 kuai boob job. My Chinese friends often reafirm to me that “China is not as open sexually as the United States.” While this blanket statement certainly has some truth to it, one would be hard pressed to find such advertisements (not to mention the “barber shops” ) in American residential areas where the inhabitants are primarily families with small children. China sure has progressed from the old days of Socialism.…now they’re even selectively marketing to prostitutes!