Is the mask for the burger liberating as the Japanese women feel it is—or is it another form of censorship and control for them to have to endure?
I don’t fully know—and I suppose it depends on one’s cultural background.
The small Geisha mouth is idealized in Japan so a burger joint, advertising its big burgers, made a special burger wrapper just for women, so that they, alongside their male counterparts can also enjoy the newly advertised big burger with more meat.
When women take a bite their mouths stay hidden behind the wrapper, since a big mouth, or an open mouth for women in Japan, is considered rude and also unfeminine.
I don’t know how liberating this is—but then I have never been to Japan and I don’t know what it’s like not being able to eat a burger at all.
On some level it seems like a good thing, because they are now able to eat burgers, and the sales for this burger has risen because of these small mouth burger wrappers.
Essentially, I am reminded, there are many paths, and that we must always be open to all paths, as the great Dalai Lama teaches.
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Ed: Bryonie Wise