At the beginning of
the 1958 movie "Gigi" Maurice Chevalier sings "Thank heaven for little girls
for little girls get bigger every day... and without them what would little
boys do?" Later in the film Hermione Gingold instructs Leslie Caron in the
ways of the courtesan --- which if I remember correctly include the choice
of a fine cigar and how to light it for him.
On September 23, 2003
President Bush addressed the the General Assembly of the United Nations.
While the beginning of the speech dealt with the issues surrounding the war
in Iraq the end concluded with the horrors of trafficking in human beings.
Bush said "There's another humanitarian crisis spreading, yet hidden from
view." He added that "Among them are hundreds of thousands of teenage girls,
and others as young as five, who fall victim to the sex trade."
Although not much
attention has been placed on the President's remarks they struck a
chord with me as I was preparing to write about the life and role of the
kamuro. Isn't it amazing the cultural divide that exists when it comes
to time and place?