It’s funny how some people are so fast to speak their mind and criticize bc they’re ‘wow so wise’, but then they remain so quiet when they are asked to give explanations…
I feel like I missed something while I was out. Somebody catch me up!
In the absence of a play-by-play, I’m going to interpret this as a round-about request to explain the meaning of “geisha” (the knowledge of which doesn’t make one “wow so wise,” unfortunately. I’d really like to put that on my business card tho). The quick and dirty explanation is that to be a “geisha” is to take on a profession and lifestyle that caters to an insular, elite culture; it’s a profession that requires education in specific, complicated instruments, dances, and other traditional modes of performance. Granted, the fact that the profession is so exclusive leads to a lot of misunderstandings in mass media (as we’ve covered before), but we can all agree that “geisha” means more than “pretty Asian lady in a kimono,” right?
For more information, I’d recommend reading Geisha: A Life by Mineko Iwasaki (one of the women interviewed by Arthur Golden for his hugely influential and grossly misleading novel Memoirs of a Geisha) or Kelly Foreman’s p cool chapter from Bad Girls of Japan, “Bad Girls Confined: Okuni, Geisha, and the Negotiation of Female Performance Space.”