With increasing independence and financial self-reliance, women are able to travel, showing their independence from men of their culture, “female tourists have the opportunity to explore new gender behavior”.
Through his research, he concludes that the majority of female sex tourists are solely touring for physical encounters and not romance.
Researcher Jacqueline Sanchez-Taylor argues that the term female sex tourism and even the term romance tourism undermine what is actually happening in these situations.
Without the employment of local sex workers, sex tourism for both men and women would not exist. With this movement of different populations to different countries, problems concerning health increase, especially ailments involving sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV/AIDS.
Women involved with sex tourism do not find themselves using barrier contraceptives during the majority of their visit, leaving them unprotected against STIs.
The demographics of female sex tourism vary by destination, but in general female sex tourists are usually classified as women from a developed country, who travel to less developed countries in search of romance or sexual outlets.
Within the realm of female sex tourism, male sex workers are vital for the satisfaction of these women, whether physical or emotional.
She added, "The fact that parallels between male and female sex tourism are widely overlooked reflects and reproduces weaknesses in existing theoretical and commonsense understandings of gendered power...[and] sex tourism." A number of countries have become popular destinations for female sex tourism, including Southern Europe (mainly in Greece, Italy, Malta, Cyprus, Spain and Portugal); the Caribbean (led by Jamaica, Barbados and the Dominican Republic); Brazil, Egypt, Turkey, Southeast Asia, and Phuket (in Thailand); and Gambia, Senegal and Kenya in Africa.
The evidence suggests that notional stereotypes among Western women about countries that are 'reputed' to have an abundance of conventionally sexually attractive and visually and aesthetically pleasing young men, become popular destinations for female sex tourism.
There is an ongoing debate on terminology regarding female sex tourism.
Pruitt and La Font argue that the term female sex tourism is not representative of the relationship that female tourists have with local men.
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