So this weekend Mr. Fraulein and I rented the DVD of "Memoirs of a Geisha." Watching this movie brought up the same question I remember having when I read the book many years ago: Why is it that we are not supposed to think the geisha are prostitutes? Obviously they are being forced into it, but still...they live in a house run by a madam, where their virginity is auctioned off to the highest bidder. How is this not prostitution? Maybe the more accurate term is sexual slavery? Whatever it is, it's gruesome. To think that this story is based, however loosely, on the true lives of geisha is beyond depressing.
Ugh. Anyway, depressing though it is, it's worth the rental if you haven't seen it, if only for the gorgeous costumes and nice visuals.