“Female Sex Tourism” and “Fantasy Island” are two articles that touch on prostitution and sex in tourist countries unfamiliar to the western world. It was very interesting to notice how each article broke down tourism and prostitution and defined power, race, and class roles for each situation. Each article always referred back to the Western ideal of sexuality: the man is powerful and dominant.
“Fantasy Island” provides an example of why men engage in certain behavior as tourists, “Western men are socialized into a view of male sexuality as a powerful, biologically based need for sexual “outlets,” the existence of multiple, cheap, and varied sexual opportunities is, in itself, enough to attract large number of men to a given holiday resort” (Davidson and Taylor 457). This view of males is emphasized in order to set the stage for women prostitutes and how what they do is just natural for them. Women or girls are viewed as subjects rather than people that have an obligation to have sex with men that would like to assert their manliness in countries other than the United States where their manhood may be more constrained.
“Female Sex Tourism” stood out to me the most because of the emphasis it placed on power in women who toured the Caribbean islands. Taylor says, “Female sex tourists I interviewed generally spoke of feeling powerful in relation to local me, and some women also described feeling empowered in relation to white men, for in the Caribbean, where they could command the sexual attentions of black men, with men no longer had the power to control or reject them sexually” (Taylor 49). Black men were usually seen as hyper masculine, however in this case, women that were traveling to the Caribbean in search of sexual interactions had money, and thus had the power over the very masculine men that would usually control them in their own society.
Taylor also touched on popular television shows that addressed “changing gender roles”. Shows such as Sex in the City, Desperate Housewives and even the new show Devious Maids puts women in a position of power, yet there is almost always a desire for heterosexual love. I’ve watched a couple of episodes of Sex in the City and in those episodes the ladies go to other countries and are always in search of a sexual relationship. This gives me the idea that one has to experience sex in other countries in order to experience the country.