What's Love Got to Do with It?: Transnational Desires and Sex Tourism in the Dominican Republic (Latin America Otherwise)

By Denise Brennan

In destinations worldwide, intercourse tourism is a booming business. what is Love obtained to Do with It? is an in-depth exam of the motivations of employees, consumers, and others attached to the intercourse tourism company in Sosúa, a city at the northern coast of the Dominican Republic. Denise Brennan considers why Dominican and Haitian ladies circulation to Sosúa to pursue intercourse paintings and describes how intercourse travelers, basically Europeans, come to Sosúa to shop for intercourse cost effectively and reside out racialized fantasies. For the intercourse employees, Brennan explains, the intercourse exchange is greater than a method of survival—it is an development procedure that hinges on their profitable “performance” of affection. a lot of those girls search to show a commercialized sexual transaction right into a long term courting that may result in marriage, migration, and a manner out of poverty.

Illuminating the advanced international of Sosúa’s intercourse company in wealthy aspect, Brennan attracts on huge interviews not just with intercourse employees and consumers, but additionally with others who facilitate and enjoy the intercourse exchange. She weaves those voices into an research of Dominican fiscal and migration histories to contemplate the opportunities—or lack thereof—available to bad Dominican ladies. She exhibits how those girls, neighborhood actors stuck in an online of worldwide fiscal family, try and reap the benefits of the overseas males who're in Sosúa to exploit them. via her exact learn of the lives and dealing stipulations of the ladies in Sosúa’s intercourse alternate, Brennan increases vital questions on women’s energy, keep watch over, and possibilities in a globalized economy.

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And what are the demanding situations to conventional gender family members and ideologies while ladies outearn males? the actual features of Sosua's sex-tourist alternate let us see no matter if negative girls in "local" locations can "leave the worst excesses of patriarchal oppression in the back of" and locate new and invaluable possibilities inside globalization (Basu et al. 2001: 943). within the subsequent bankruptcy I research one other attribute of Sosua's sex-tourist exchange: the expanding organization in Europe of Afro-Dominican girls with sex-for-sale. I additionally reflect on what this organization capability for those ladies in the event that they stopover at or migrate to Europe. hroughout the ebook i've got under pressure the function of mind's eye and delusion between Sosuan intercourse employees, relatively how a few girls have idealized overseas males over Dominican males and feature romanticized what lifestyles will be like in Europe for them and their households. What occurs while Dominican women's desires of marriage to eu males and migration to Europe really come real? How does the fable of dwelling in Europe with overseas husbands evaluate to the truth? during this bankruptcy I current women's tales of what existence is like in Europe for Dominican intercourse employees and inn employees. This bankruptcy additionally examines travelers' perceptions of the Dominican Republic and Dominican ladies. What activates a eu guy to take a flight to the Dominican Republic for his holiday? What are a few of the travelers searching for once they begin relationships with Dominican girls (both intercourse staff and inn workers)? to be able to get at how overseas travelers think Dominican girls earlier than the boys even arrive at the island, in addition to how Dominican ladies think international males, I learn the various cultural representations and gossip each one staff consumes and produces approximately each other. those depictions gas their imaginations and, sometimes, play a task in starting up their migration to 1 another's international locations. I concentrate on the different types of conversation by which they learn about each other in addition to their respective "home" international locations: verbal exchange that levels from be aware of mouth (gossip), to print media, and the net (in the case of the boys only). on the net, no matter if ads for a Dominican female friend in an online categorised commercial, becoming a member of an email pen-pal provider that provides email addresses of Dominican girls, or swapping information regarding Dominican ladies with different intercourse travelers via membership-only "travel providers" for intercourse travelers, males exchange in and perpetuate sexualized-and frequently racialized-images of Dominican girls. those assumptions-based on race, gender, classification, and nationality-are found in either intercourse travelers' and intercourse employees' descriptions of each other. one in every of my goals in bankruptcy i used to be to extend the concept that of "transnational" -especially what qualifies as a part of a transnational social field-and to discover the ways in which gender, race, and nationality are jointly constituted inside of transnational contexts. right here, to extra that goal, I learn a number of the media photographs of intercourse employee and intercourse vacationer and their respective international locations of foundation, in addition to descriptions in their studies with each other and of dwelling in a single another's international locations.

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