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Betel-Nut Beauties Dare to Bare
By BRYAN WALSH
Whether the product being sold is beer, cars or Italian parliamentary candidates, skin sells. Just ask the betel-nut girls of Taipei. For years, scantily clad women have been used as fleshy sign-boards to attract customers to roadside stalls selling betel nuts, aka "Taiwanese chewing gum," from shops with names like "Erotic Bitches" and "Moulin Rouge." But on October 15, the county government, embarrassed by the display of public erotica, began enforcing laws prohibiting 1,600 hawkers from unduly exposing certain parts of the female anatomy, specifically breasts, bellies and buttocks. Vendors, of course, claim the restrictions will shrink demand for betel nuts. "It's all about competition," says 19-year-old hawker Hsiao Enn, who works in a crimson miniskirt and revealing blouse. "But I have principles. I'm not so desperate as to show my private parts." Josephine Ho, a professor at Taiwan's National Central University, says hawkers should be allowed to bare all they can bear, if only for the sake of their working-class patrons "who rarely encounter any friendly gazes from other women in their ordinary lives." For their part, Enn's customers are clear on what they want: "the less they wear, the better," says one. Some cheesecake with your betel nut?
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