“When it comes to bewitching them all men are nasty little boys at heart.”
-Anton Szandor LaVey, The Satanic Witch page 144
I was just reading through the Looks Mean Everything chapter of The Satanic Witch recently and was reminded, upon getting to the section concerning the Law of the Forbidden, of a conversation I had had a month or so previous. Whether the man I spoke to knew about Satanism or not (and I am almost 100% certain he didn’t), he certainly expressed the ideas of this section quite well. I will admit, I was impressed.
Here’s what happened…
Myself and three other stylists from my salon were taking part in a straight razor shaving class that our boss had arranged after my constant urging for more barbering training. The barber who was teaching this class was a friendly, middle aged, five o’clock type gentleman who had been in the hair game for quite some time. He was doing a fantastic job at giving us all the attention we needed for learning such a skill intensive task as taking a dangerously sharp straight blade to a stranger’s skin (without cutting them, of course). Well, it was nearing the end of the class and while we were waiting for the last two people to finish with their models, we began to discuss appearance and how to utilize it, especially for females in the business of shaving or doing mens’ hair. When this came up, the two other girls that were there (the fourth participant in the class was a male) immediately shimmied the fronts of their shirts down a little bit and did everything they could to emphasize their breasts, while affecting overly flirty conversational tones. I then made the comment, based on my knowledge of this book and of my applications of such (quite effectively) within the workplace, that one could actually achieve greater success with clients and tips if they did not rely on overtly lewd displays such as that. The response I received from them was somewhat dismissive, so I explained the description (starting on page 141) of the sweet, proper, married, woman at the strip bar stealing the show from the nude dancers simply with a completely unintentional and unknown glimpse of her upper thighs as she sat down.
Much to my surprise, the barber agreed with me. He then added, “She’s right, you know. We men are visual creatures, but more strongly than that, we are mischievous little shits. If we think we’re not supposed to do or see something then we’re just going to want to do or see it even more. An accidental glimpse of a bra through your shirt sleeve when you’re shaving a guy or washing his hair is much more enticing then having the whole display laid right out in the open without any effort. We men like to think we’re being naughty even if we don’t say it to your face.”
Hearing the barber agree with me ( a stylist with at least 4 years less time behind the chair than any of the other stylists there), the girls then returned their shirts back to their normal positions and resumed their shaves as before. To this date, I am the only person in my salon who has continued with this shave service and am actually doing quite well at it.
Never have I needed to use obvious displays to entice my clientele. I emphasize my hourglass with the right clothing, use the right hairstyle, never go without my signature red lipstick, and I allow for the occasional “unintentional” glimpse or brush against an arm, allowing their imaginations run with it as mens’ imaginations are apt to do.The barber’s words only served to confirm what I already knew to be true through my experiences. It was quite interesting speaking to him and hearing such things from the perspective of a male completely unconnected or unfamiliar with Satanism.
It just goes to show that the Law of the Forbidden isn’t just something contained to our own little pocket of the world. It can be an immensely effective tool if the woman can understand how to use it.
“Remember, NOTHING IS SO FASCINATING AS THAT WHICH IS NOT MEANT TO BE SEEN!”
-Anton Szandor LaVey, The Satanic Witch, page 144
As always, readers