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Jun112011

Technolgies of Luxury: Toilet Ads featuring "Western Toilets" are a sign of luxury

All around the city are advertisements for "Western" styled toilets that have lids, seat, and raised base. No squatting is required. In new apartment buildings, there are ads pasted in elevator entrances. Usually there is a woman in a dress pointing to the toilet. This is the first ad that I've seen with a male baby holding his penis as he urinates into the toilet.

The western toilet, along with iphones and ipads, are all part of this new wave of technologies of luxury in China.

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It also interesting that it is almost certainly a Caucasian child in the pic.

August 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterA. B.

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