The geisha is an icon of traditional Japanese culture, but CNN now points us to a shocking new phenomenon in Japan: Geisha guys. In a brazen reversal of strict and longstanding gender roles, wealthy Japanese women are now hiring out their own male escorts. For between $1000 and $50,000 a night, the guys accompany gals to the club, where they act every part the doting boyfriend till the clock strikes midnight (or thereabouts) – the industry insists that there's no sex involved.

The above image is via CNN, and is a photo of Yunosuke, a 24-year-old Japanese male escort, who says:

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