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Cyprus Internet Directory [ Pink patches and pubic hair… ]

Pink patches and pubic hair…

THE ELECTRA currently running at the Benaki in Athens is electrifying, with Michael Nyman music and exhaustingly athletic choreography. The shockingly graphic violence has so much fake blood flying about that the audience is given plastic sheeting to protect their clothes; even so, I found myself an accomplice to Agamemnon’s murder as dollops of red fell on my hands.

But that was not the only curiosity: at one point, the entire chorus, to a woman, remove their clothes and leave the stage totally, brutally naked.

There is always something strange about seeing “normal” people naked. We are so used to the pornographic images of perfect airbrushed model bodies that when we actually see real ones with all their lumps and bumps, with different shaped bosoms and thighs, it’s embarrassingly interesting. I found myself drawn to look at their pubic hair, tidied up for the occasion.

Like many Mediterranean people, Greek women have a lot of body hair and facial hair.

The little beauty salon beneath me has one room dedicated to its removal. In a hot climate by the sea, girls are as used to waxing and lasering, as cleaning their teeth. It’s not something to be shy about. In my prudish English way, the thought of another woman having to look at my private parts and lathering me with warm wax is almost unthinkable.

But the pretty, slim Greek girls who sit next to me while I have my toes painted have no such inhibitions. They happily have their moustaches painted with bleach and hairs tweezered off from their toes. I envy them their nonchalance: I still find shared changing rooms excruciating.

But as one told me the other day they are addicted to diet pills. Athens abounds with pharmacies, which act as surrogate surgeries, and in every one are displays of herbal remedies to suppress appetite and achieve weight loss.

Which is why the advert that is appearing on banners across the internet for the “Pink Patch” is so appealing. This pink patch is simple, it seems: “‘Don't give up your social life and become a slave to the gym to achieve that perfect body. Simply put on the Pink Patch and take off that stubborn stone – it's that easy.”

But is it? Can absorbing the ingredients. ‘Fucus Vesiculosus, Extrac, 5-HTP, Guarana, Zinc Pyruvate, Yerba Mate, Flaxseed Oil, Lecithin, L-Carnitine’ through your skin really deliver? Well, the answer is maybe yes but at a price: it may be, as they argue, “all natural”, but so are hemlock and opium. All the ingredients have known side effects and 5-HTP is an anti-depressant, so it is no wonder on their website they say, “No more mood swings, no more eating your feelings, no more PMS. Feel clear-headed, positive, thin”.

And for one fleeting moment I almost pressed the button to get my free trial sample. I wanted to look like the slim, tanned Barbie flashing on my computer screen. And then I remembered the ladies of the chorus, none like the Styrofoam woman wiggling her pink patch at me, but all brilliant dancers, all prepared to reveal themselves with confidence, all of them unique, different, and beautiful not because they were perfect but because they were real.

(Source: Cyprus Mail)

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