Served, Serviced and Pampered: The scenery in Africa is great, that cannot be doubted. European women cannot get enough of it, but beyond the scenery, there is a new attraction drawing them in. When they want to have a good time no one will know about back at home where they are held in high esteem, they come to Africa. Young men stage-manage romantic affairs with the older European women and get to wine and dine with them. But who are these women? Are they not preying on poverty? Female Sex Tourists…who are they?
In , Reuters ran a story on the Kenyan sex tourism phenomenon detailing the story of one Bethan then aged 56 and her best friend Allie then aged 64 who were on their first holiday to Kenya. So are all the women as old as Bethan and Allie? It would seem like it. Writing for the Sydney Morning Herald, Matty Silver said women in particular wealthy, single and older white women plan holidays to have romance and sex with companions who make them feel special.
These are broken women and those with urges they would be judged for in their societies. Among all the women I talked to, there is an impression of something lacking at home, like their needs are not being met — not only sexual but also psychological and emotional support. However, there is an inherent flaw in the evaluation of the practice. Male sex tourism has for long been labelled as exploitation but very rarely is that said for female sex tourism. What causes those double standards? A case of double standards In the film, Paradise: These convenient illnesses are most likely staged to siphon out even more money.
Surely gender equality should not gag people from calling a spade a spade. Male sex tourism has for long been regarded as exploitative behaviour but somehow the story changes when it comes to the female version of the same trade.
The ladies cover their tracks by claiming they are not buying sex but they are helping out the young men financially. I buy him a nice shirt and we go out for dinner. How is that different from a man buying a young girl dinner? These women are coming to Africa to buy sex and the moment they do, they engage in prostitution however they may try to sanctify it as a mutually beneficial activity. Female sex tourism is the expression of racial and economic dominance.
A Canadian woman interviewed by Bindel unwittingly exposed the exploitative nature of the trade though she had denied it being prostitution. Whatever diplomatic arrangement of words they may use to support themselves, the female sex tourists are exploitative and should be called out for their unwholesome fetishes. It is not love they come looking for, they are here for the sex and for the dominance.
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