This weeks reading addresses the notion of vacation locations as “sexual paradises” or “Fantasy Islands”. These get places that need the economic tourism to employ people and help their country economically have been viewed as place in which prostitution is another form of economic growth between locals and tourists. This form of prostitution is not just the local female and tourist male but also local male and female tourist. Taylor addresses the double standard men and women face in sex tourism. Tourist males are viewed as engaging in sex tourism while tourist females are viewed as engaging in romance tourism. Taylor goes on to explain that “prostitute-use” is usually stereotyped to be a male only practice and that is why when females engage in prostitute-use the term “sex tourism” is not used; hence a double standard. Sex tourism does not just include brief cash for sex exchanges but also longer term relations where other forms of benefits are exchanged.
Davidson and Taylor open up their paper with Shrage’s notion that in the sex tourism market men are interested in engaging in relations with women of a minority race, this is because of stereotyped ideals about the sexualization of these women and the stereotype of white women as being pure and not sexualized. This goes in line with the idea of over sexualizing black women in American media and their representation. This also relates to an article I read for Social Inequality, about how often times white homosexual men seek out minority homosexual men for same stereotypes of them being over sexualized. An interesting idea in this article was the idea of a “love object” and the idea of sexual control over yourself and over others. There is a contradiction in that men want a prostitute that doesn’t just want sex for money but also for pleasure. They describe the ideal prostitute as a “person who can be treated as an object”. When seeking a prostitute these men do not just want a woman who will only be there for their sexual use but also a women that will engage in a more “love-making” style of sex. They do not want to feel like they are with a prostitute but more with a person equally involved, although also being controlled. It is a hard dichotomy for me to understand or explain. This article also addresses the idea the sex workers do not just engage in brief sex for cash exchanges but there is an array of options that the worker can choose. For example if a person chooses to be in a relationship were their expenses are paid for this can seem like a less harsh version of prostitution for them, and they are given the choose to decide how they act and in what way they are involved in the market. Another idea that I thought was very interesting was the idea that in “’civilized’ countries on ‘bad’ women become prostitute (they refuse the constraints civilization places upon ‘good’ women in favor of earning ‘easy money’), but in the Third World… ‘nice girls’ may be driven to prostitution in order to survive” (page 458). This idea completely disregards women in “civilized countries” as ever having the feeling that is the only way they can better their life or help their children.