Playboy article on endless sex in Saipan













Picture from Playboy

April 28, 2009

Haidee Eugenio from the Saipan Tribune brought to light an article from Playboy magazine entitled "Paradise Lost" written by author John Bowe.

I always thought of the Pacific Islands Club as a family-fun-water park kind of place. This article sure painted a different picture. From Playboy:
On landscaped grounds of bougainvillea and plumeria, with some 300 guest bedrooms, the Pacific Islands Club hotel runs a water park with swimming pools, tennis courts, an archery range, a miniature golf course, a volleyball court, a beach and three restaurants. PIC, as it is known, employs the usual assortment of clerks, waiters, janitors and housecleaning staff. But it also offers something more: a group of young people hired for their enthusiasm, outgoingness and warmth. They’re called Clubmates.

Clubmates aren’t hired specifically to have sex with the guests, but when you meet them, you may wonder if that’s the case. Their looks aren’t always perfect—some are almost cartoons of surfer dudes, but others are just wholesome-looking and healthy. Certainly, the management doesn’t instruct them to do anything other than help guests enjoy themselves.

Ask a Clubmate how often he could hook up if he wanted to, and he’ll say every night of the week. As one Clubmate, Fish, explains, “Part of your job is to make sure the guests have a good time.” With a laugh, he says, “I mean, if they go home with a smile on their face because they had sex with you.…" Another Clubmate, Jim, adds, “Our whole job here is to help people have a good time. Sometimes it’s a family that needs help. Sometimes it’s a young girl that needs help.” Mack says, “Asian women prefer us because we have blue eyes or blonde hair or different builds.” Since he prefers Asians in the first place, what the hell? “Everybody wins,” he says.
The Tribune quotes Kieran Daly, general manager of PIC:
“I would say 25 percent of the story is true and the rest is fictional. Clubmates help guests have a good time and enjoy their stay.It (story) is more fiction than fact,” Daly told Saipan Tribune over the phone when asked for comment.
The Playboy article makes it pretty clear that the clubmates are generally guys out for adventure and fun, which is why they accepted the low-paying positions in the first place.  What better place to have fun than on a beautiful tropical island with "a constant banquet of offerings", as Bowe puts it.

Bowe takes the reader from the PIC to the night scene of Saipan, describing action in the sleazy clubs like he did in his book, Nobodies. Chicago Club, Hard Rock, Godfather's, Johnny's and the Flair Bar. There is a strong undercurrent of disrespect for women in his writing. He writes in a demeaning way about women referring to them as body parts, and objects of fun and pleasure.  Or is he trying to say that this is the way that the clubmates view women? The lines are blurred both in the Playboy article and in his book.

Bowe describes one clubmate who cheats on his girlfriend, hops from bar to bar, bed to bed, and finally falls in love with a local anchorwoman that he wants to pursue. 

"Paradise Lost" is rather a sad story about some wayward males who appear to have a struggle between remaining Peter Pan or growing up. It suggests that if you are a lost or restless male seeking endless sex and fun, go to Saipan

What impact, if any, will the article have on CNMI tourism? Will an endless flow of sex-starved men book flights?  Will the  PIC be flooded with piles of applications from lonely guys wanting to be clubmates? Will families think twice about booking a stay at the PIC or traveling to Saipan?

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

I hate to burst anybody's bubble, but this is common practice for the as long as I can remember among Asian Hotels.(many hotels in the Pacific areas including Hawaii.This is also practiced in Cal.and Fla.)
Besides any Asian country go to Am Samoa, Western Samoa, Tonga, Rora Tonga, Palau, Tahiti, French Polynesia, Marshals, Etc.
Just like Women "escorts". It is just another name for an escort service provided by hotels for their International customers.
In this case it is "kinda" left to the employee as long as they do not create a problem between the guest and the hotel.
Have you heard of "beach Boys?
This is what they do and look like. Look at the beach activities around Saipan and Hawaii etc.
Good builds,looks etc.hired in part for that on the beach concessions.

Most of these Guys, and girls speak the language of the prevalent nationality of guests that frequent the particular hotel(s).

Go to Tinian and look at Dynasty Hotel and Casino.
In house comfort. Standard for Asian/Pacific hotels and "high rollers"

Not saying it is right, but it has/is going on and will continue.

The Saipan Blogger アンジェロ・ビラゴメズ said...

Wendy, the same exact thing happens with Disney's College Program out at Lake Buena Vista. Penthouse named their apartment complex one of the best places to get laid a few years back. Also, Playboy named Rollins College #3 party school in the US a few years ago.

Anonymous said...

I don't think that Bowe's writing reflects a disrespect for women. He portrays a disrespect for women that his interview subjects harbor, and although Bowe isn't scolding of the men he interviews, he clearly illustrates the emptiness and futility of their lifestyle. He shows that disrespect for women does not pay in the long run, and I think he's doing it on purpose.