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Τι μπορεί να μάθει κανείς όταν παρακολουθεί τα Όσκαρ.

Βγήκε προχτές ο Τζάρεντ Λέτο παρέα με μια κουκλάρα ονόματι Μάργκο Ρόμπι να ανακοινώσουν τα βραβεία καλύτερου μακιγιάζ και χτενίσματος και ακούω τον Λέτο να λέει με πολύ πονηρό ύφος:

“Without the genius contributions of makeup artists and hair stylists, we wouldn't lose ourselves in classic films like ‘The Godfather,’ ‘The Elephant Man,’ ‘Raging Bull,’ ‘Magic Mike 2’ [pause for effect] Think about it. But let's be honest. They deserve an award just for putting up with us actors, not to mention the prosthetics: the wigs, the occasional merkin. If you happen to be laughing, please explain it to the person next to you. And if you aren't, google it.”

Το αστείο για το «Magic Mike 2» δεν το έπιασα και θα πρέπει να είναι το επόμενο πράγμα που θα ερευνήσω, αλλά το merkin ήταν κάτι που με τσίγκλησε περισσότερο και, φυσικά, ακολούθησα την παραίνεση του Λέτο και το γκουγκλάρισα. Και ανακάλυψα ότι πρόκειται για κάποιο είδος αιδοιοκαλύπτρας ή αιδοιοφενάκης (οι όροι, δικοί μου) που χρησιμοποιούσαν άλλοτε οι πόρνες και σήμερα διάφοροι (και κυρίως διάφορες) όταν δεν θέλουν να αποκαλύπτονται τα γεννητικά τους όργανα.

Συγκινητικές λεπτομέρειες θα βρείτε στη Wikipedia:
και πλούσια εικονογράφηση εδώ (χρειάζεται να βάλω προειδοποίηση; ):τι-άλλο-θα-δούμε-περούκα-για-την-ευαίσ/

Αυτό που με συγκίνησε περισσότερο είναι οι εξαντλητικές λεπτομέρειες που βρήκα στο βιβλίο του OUP The Oxford Companion to the Body, και πρέπει οπωσδήποτε να τις μοιραστώ με όσους ενδιαφέρονται για την ιστορία της Σχολής των Ανάλ.

Pubic wigs

The pubic wig, or merkin, as it was earlier known, made its debut in 1450. It was used as a device to cover syphilitic pustules and gonorrhoeal warts in the genital area. In its contemporary form, the merkin is used as a part of erotic play, and it has also crossed over the boundaries of intimate wear into some mainstream genres of dress. The chosen material the wig is made of — usually nylon, yak belly, or human hair — is woven onto a transparent mesh. This is then applied to the pre-shaved pubic area with spirit gum; alternatively the wig can be attached to a transparent G-string.

The wearing of a pubic wig is a sensory experience. The wig can allow the wearer a certain ‘jouissance’ (Roland Barthes, 1973) as it is made of a fibre/hair that has been selected by the wearer, and it is worn on an erogenous zone. A fetish for the feel of silk, leather, fur, or hair against one s own skin, or that of others, is common, and can be incorporated into the design of a pubic wig to give heightened pleasure.

Bondage crossed over from erotic use into couture when it first glided down a Gianni Versace catwalk in 1992; and Vivian Westwood flirted with the pubic area, using tailored fig leaves to cover modesty under transparent fabrics. There has always been a risqué element to fashion throughout the ages, whether it was baring ankles, knees, thighs, or breasts. The ‘club scene’ has taken fashion one step further. It has formulated its own look as pubic wigs are being worn under short ‘baby doll’ dresses in mainstream nightclubs, as well as being worn in private and fetish parties.

The pubic wig is a strong device for both the exhibitionist and the voyeur. Ideally the relationship between the two is best suited as a ‘performer’ and ‘audience’ scenario. The exhibitionist is allowed freedom of movement and a confidence in the unusual, and in doing so creates entertainment for the voyeur. In a professional and aesthetic capacity the wigs are frequently used by show girls.

The pubic wig has also become an essential piece of the serious drag queen’s wardrobe, as it covers the genitalia that are otherwise the epitome of maleness. It is the finishing feminine touch and it is intrinsic to the pleasure of drag, as ‘a little female finery’ creates the sexual identity in the ‘role play’ of the subject.

Rick Stonell, a tonsorial expert in London, custom-makes pubic wigs or ‘body furniture’ designing them to suit the wearer and their moods. Two examples of his work are ‘Heart’ and ‘Target’. The first is a pale pink, heart-shaped piece that is made from yak belly hair; the image it projects is one of virginal youth and subtleness. The colour and hair are soft and the shape is traditionally linked with love and romance. The overall look is of innocence, though ironically it is reminiscent of Eve’s fig leaf! Alternatively he has created a piece that uses the shape of a target; this is made from red, white, and blue nylon. The strong design, colours, and fibre used in this wig carry a bold and sexual statement of availability. The wig has a phantasy element and gives the impression that it was designed with a superhero or heroine in mind. The range of pubic wigs in Rick Stonell’s collection covers every aspect of sexuality and personality from ‘whore’ to ‘madonna’.

The merkins of the past were made to cover the ‘filthy running sores’ of syphilis, a disease which:
... eroded the palate ... In some cases the lips, nose or eyes were eaten away, or on others the whole of the sexual organs. (Arrizabalaya, p. 205)​

Merkins were frequently connected with prostitutes. The women often worked while infected, because many of them were single mothers with no other form of income. Despite the horror of infection and the merkin’s connections with it, amusing anecdotes have appeared in literature, such as A. Smiths:

This put a strange whim in his head — which was to get the hairy circle of her merkin... this he dried well and combed out, and then returned to the Cardinal!, telling him he had brought St Peter’s beard. (The Oxford English Dictionary)​

Fortunately, the merkin is no longer needed for its original function. The idea of the merkin has been displaced in time to be re-bom into a different era as the pubic wig. It is now used as an accessory to alter the appearance of the pubic hair, which is usually, when left to its own devices, unruly, coarse, and shapeless. Body decoration is a primal and innate part of the human psyche, whichever way it chooses to express itself.
— Amanda Barrow
The Oxford Companion to the Body by Colin Blakemore, Sheila Jennett​

Further reading
Arrizabalaya. J. and French, R. (1997). The French Disease in Renaissance Europe. St Edmundsbury Press.
Brame, G. and Brame, W. D. (1997). Different Loving. Century, London.
Freud, S. (1991). Volume 9, Case Histories II. Penguin Books Ltd., Harmondsworth.
Henning. J. L. (1995). Rear View. Souvenir Press, London.


Ο πρόεδρος στο SOS, Πεντάγωνο καλεί Μόσχα —ένας από τους ρόλους του Πίτερ Σέλερς— ονομάζεται Merkin Muffley. Τώρα μπορώ να καταλάβω το αστείο.


Νίκελ, είσαι πολύ πίσω.
Ένα σωρό ανέκδοτα είχαν κυκλοφορήσει επί Γεωργίου Ο. Μπους (του νεότερου δηλαδή) επειδή όταν έβγαζε λόγο με την χαρακτηριστική του προφορά ακουγόταν My fellow merkins αντί για My fellow Americans.

Όσο για το Magic Mike 2, δεν έχω δει την ταινία και δεν ξέρω, η υπόθεση παντως έχει να κάνει με άντρες στριπτιζάδες. Υποψιάζομαι ότι αναφέρεται στο ότι οι ηθοποιοί χρησιμοποίησαν διάφορα προϊόντα της τέχνης των μακιγιέζ/ κομμωτών/ κατασκευαστών προσθετικών, για να φαίνονται με ανατομικά προσόντα καλύτερα από τα φυσικά τους.
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BBC QI series D - Stephen Fry and Rory Bremner on George Bush

—George Bush uses the odd word "merkin". You know what "merkin" is?
—A pubic wig.
—A pubic wig. And George Bush uses it all the time in his speeches: "I'm proud to be a merkin".

something george bush is constantly saying he is proud to be
"ah am proud to be a merkin citezin"


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Όσο για το Magic Mike 2, δεν έχω δει την ταινία και δεν ξέρω, η υπόθεση παντως έχει να κάνει με άντρες στριπτιζάδες. Υποψιάζομαι ότι αναφέρεται στο ότι οι ηθοποιοί χρησιμοποίησαν διάφορα προϊόντα της τέχνης των μακιγιέζ/ κομμωτών/ κατασκευαστών πρόσθετικών, για να φαίνονται με ανατομικά προσόντα καλύτερα από τα φυσικά τους.

Καλημέρα. Τελικά ο τίτλος με τον οποίο βγήκε η δεύτερη ταινία στην αγορά είναι Magic Mike XXL. Προφανώς, άλλαξε μετά από επέμβαση του τμήματος μακιγιάζ και ειδικών εφέ.

Όσο για τη σχέση του merkin με τον Bush, θα έπρεπε να το θυμάμαι από απλή συνειρμική σύνδεση και μόνο. Κάπου θα μου παράπεσε.


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Ο πρόεδρος στο SOS, Πεντάγωνο καλεί Μόσχα —ένας από τους ρόλους του Πίτερ Σέλερς— ονομάζεται Merkin Muffley. Τώρα μπορώ να καταλάβω το αστείο.

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