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On the Dilution of Hostess Bar Talent

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Back in the mid 1990′s, major league baseball expanded too quickly from 26 to 30 teams. Each team has about 10 pitchers on the roster. So the effect of the expansion was that there were suddenly forty dudes with jobs…

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Phnom Penh Hostess Bars Update 2

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The last hostess bars review left off a few so some of us decided that we would visit a few of the less well known Hostess establishments and give a more in depth review of each so that owners and…

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Phnom Penh Hostess Bars Update

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Love them or hate them, Phnom Penh’s hostess bars pull in hundreds if not thousands of tourists and expats every night of the week, and Street 136 is quickly delevoping into Hostess Bar Ground Zero. Stuart aka Bar One looks…

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Cambodian Barworld Studies: A Vindication of the Bargirl Narrative

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Let’s get this out of the way right now. I’ve had a professional interest in bargirls for some time. Some would say too much of an interest and for too long. I can’t help it. I find bargirls fascinating. It’s…

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Cambodia Barworld Studies: Bar Banishment

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In ‘To Admire or Despise?’ I talked at length of the lingering bitterness, resentment, and vindictiveness that some men feel after breaking up with bargirls. But the bargirls, of course, share some of those feelings. And this often leads to…

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Cambodia Barworld Studies: A Celebration of Barworld Discourse

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I like the conversations here. Maybe it’s because I hang around with deranged alcoholics. Or perhaps it’s all the old perverts I’ve met while doing research at hostess bars. Or it might just be the permissiveness of expatriate society. But…

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Cambodia Barworld Studies: Sextourist Romance

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It’s amusing sometimes to hear the newbie sexpat go on about the virtues of Oriental girls, with their stereotypical traits of quietness, submissiveness, and tolerance of infidelity. They come here, they say, to find the perfect girl. But they end…

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Cambodia Barworld Studies: To Admire or Despise?

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There is certain a psychological symptom that manifests itself after many ugly breakups. Jilted lovers, weary husbands, parting on bitter terms come to think of their ex’s as ‘the bitch who wrecked my life.’ Some men undoubtedly feel their ex’s…

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Cambodia Barworld Studies: The Ladydrink Controversy

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Who would ever think that buying a girl a drink in a bar could be controversial? Make it a ladydrink in a hostess bar, however, and you’re guaranteed to get a wide range of conflicting opinions. Bar owners will say…

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The Sick Peach

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A Khmer girl in a tight singlet top stepped through the crowd of taxi girls and put her hand on my arm. Her face was sallow, even in the dim light, and bore a look of age that hinted at…

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