The BBC’s Lucy Williamson has written a great piece about host bars for women in Seoul:
In the dim light of an underground room, a dozen perfectly groomed young men kneel in rows, calling out their names.
Muscular, with shiny boy-band hairstyles, they cram side by side into the narrow space, waiting for us to make our choice. Outside in the corridor, more of their colleagues are arriving for another night at work. It is 2am, and we are their first customers.
Just want to spend a few hours talking with a guy who will actually listen to what you have to say?
The price for this slice of male attention is $487-650 (£300-400) a day.
And if by chance, just maybe, you find yourself looking for a little somethin’ somethin’ at the end of the evening, you best watch out, these guys are pros:
James has been working at Bar 123 for a couple of years. In Korean culture, he says, there is a lot of pride and negotiating a price for sex is never done explicitly. Instead, he tells me, it is all down to the host’s own assessment.”The guys here are pros – we know what we’re doing,” he says.
“After talking to a girl for an hour we basically know how much money she makes and what she does for a living. We’ve already analysed her personality and what she’s willing to give.”
There’s a joke in there somewhere about being professionally analyzed and a couch being involved, but I’ll pass on that.
(HT to Hal)