Saturday, September 11, 2010
I am on a strict deadline from hell right now, so hadn't any intention of blogging for another week, but while doing some research I ran across these ads which make me go, huh? And since I knew you guys would appreciate them, I decided to take a break and share.
This is the first I found:
A young gentleman wishes to join a select disciplinary circle or correspond with reliable interested party. Security, box 201 Herald.
Now, this struck me as a bit odd. What's a "disciplinary circle"? It's possible I might not have thought too much of it if it weren't for this ad, in which someone offered some discipline - with a whipping. And I can't really think of what else this could be, especially because the ad was printed in a paper whose personals were famous for being pretty risqué.
But, who can say. Maybe a "disciplinary circle" meant something totally different, though for the life of me I can't think what.
Then, randomly, I ran across the following two ads:
A. - Cultured German lady gives disciplinary and general electric massage (diploma); exclusive clientele; rheumatism,
nervousness 106 West 109th, ground floor (Brookman's bath).
Massage; strictest discipline; two new graduate operators. Harlem Institute, 217 West 134th st.And now I'm very, very intrigued. What is a "disciplinary" massage??? Now I know for a fact that a lot of ads offering massages were just covers for prostitutes - a code that hasn't changed in over a hundred years, by the way. If you don't believe me, go check out the "therapeutic services" section on Craigslist (as a total aside, I find it hilarious that the in the wake of Craigslist ending its "adult services" listings, sex workers immediate found a new place to advertise...on Craigslist). So, aside from the fact that I have actual proof anyway, I feel pretty confident in saying that ads offering massages a hundred years ago probably had the exact same meaning as they do now (I swear I feel another op-ed has to be in here somewhere).
Anyways, so back to the main question, which is: what the frak is a disciplinary massage? Does this actually mean something totally innocent - like, these are real massages rather than codes for sex? Ignore that the German lady has a diploma and that the other two operators are "graduates" - those are lines everyone used. But maybe they meant that they're following strict discipline? Like somehow discipline means legit? But then wouldn't they just say, "legitimate," or "real," or something more obvious?
I don't know - I hear disciplinary massage and I think S&M. We all know my mind is a bit in the gutter at times, but if anyone has a better idea of what these might mean, I'd be glad to hear it!
Okay, back to the grind. Maybe I'll pop my head up again sometime in the next week...but maybe not.
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