The Hand-Job Soap

If you’re lucky enough to come across a public bathroom in Korea that has soap at all, it’s likely going to come in an unexpected form.

Not in a squirty spout, not in a dispenser, not in a nifty foam, but a bar of blue soap impaled on a stick.

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Now the squeamish germaphobe in me has had to get used to this, since as Chandler pointed out to Joey soap isn’t all that self-cleaning. The thought of touching this slimy public soap stick made me shiver in distaste for a long time – that is until I realized how rare it is to be gifted with soap in a bathroom and learned to give it a little appreciation love.

Perhaps what felt most dirty about it to me though is the mentally inextricable sensation that using it feels like giving a hand job. Every time, gripping and sliding my palm up and down the girth of the soap bar, it’s the only thing I can think of. And every time I see someone else do it, I wonder if they think the same thing.

Anyway just sharing this small Korean experience for your lovely Monday morning reading pleasure (or Sunday evening depending where you hail from).

Until next time!


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