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Now as to this discussion which is probably driving some models nuts and running from the forum as fast as they can - yet again... I agree Trainer has a tendency to "personalize responsibility" for problems that are "structural aspects" of the adult/ porn industry and to the global economic division of labor within the international "leisure" and "tourism" industries wherein it fits... But he's right to brings up issues that are real problems, even if he sometime loses sight of them by pulling them back into his personal life narrative - and burying them there.
I am looking at two volumes on my desk. One is called "Love and Globalization," the other is "Sun, Sex and Gold: Tourism and Sex Work In the Caribbean." The first deals with the global transfer of women from Asia or Latin America to the sex markets and the households of the Metropoles of the Global North,- Global cities like Frankfurt, Tokyo, London, New York, Paris, Rome and Shanghai. The second deals with role of the sex industry as a crucial sector that supports the profitability of the tourism industry in the Caribbean Islands generally..
Both were written in the late 1990's so they don't deal with impact of the Internet on these kinds of exchanges of people and services between "provider countries" in the Global South and "countries of destination" in the Global North.. But clearly there's a global division of labor that structures who gets bought and who does the buying, who's the entertainment and who consuming the experience as a tourist. Sociologists have been making a comparison since the 1980s between mass tourism in "exotic locales" that offer a pretty standardized product, and the "touristic" sexual experience" that men - and now increasingly women too - can get by going to their local "Gentleman's club" or by going on-line to talk to a video-chatista from Eastern Europe or the Philippines...
I was talking to a Romanian model the other day about the fact that Eastern Europe - especially countries like Bulgaria, Romania and the Ukraine - have become very important "provider countries" in this international sex tourism trade. Sometimes the sex tourism is real - like in Brazil, Santo Domingo, Thailand and now the Ukraine - but often it's virtual...She answered defiantly "we are not a nation of whores..." almost making an echo of the angry slogan of the feminist Femen movement in Ukrania : "The Ukraine Is Not a Bordello.." I would love to see a demonstration in Bucharest that used the slogans, "Romania Is NOT a Nation of Whores!" or "We Are Not For Sale!" to mobilize its women artists, actors and students as the Femen have already done in Kyif and Odessa.
But unfortunately, I suspect that countries like Romania like the Ukraine like Lativia, etc, have been locked into structural position where the sex industry and sex tourism are too important to their international balance of trade, and their ability to attract hard currency, for those protest to get very far. This sector is now where the jobs are. This trade is where the foreign currency is generated.. And it's a very hard choice to let the economic opportunities and wealth it creates pass you by - whether or not you think that entertaining the foreigners is "degrading" or "exciting."
This discussion is not about the moral choices that good or bad men and women make - "whores and wankers/" - This is about the structures of "opportunity" that the international capitalist system assigns to different countries located in different regional economic zones. I will leave the case of the United States to one side for the moment, since we seem to have both our Eastern and Western "Gold Coasts" and our own internal underdeveloped periphery that just keeps expanding to include more and more of the country. It's like our own internal "Romania" or "Ukraine" that's been called "Meth-land" or "the Rustbelt"
I am sure that they had similar debates in Havana when it was the sexual playground of North America and the Mafia ran its Hotels and Casinos under the Batista regime.. And I know they are having those same debates today ever since that the Castro regime accepted that they had no choice but to invite the foreign sex tourists back in fifteen years ago to save the Cuban economy... Castro's Cuba became another "Pimp State" because they had run out of other choices - and their Soviet Subsidies..
So let's stop blaming each other about this situation.. and think it through instead...
P.S. this topic was originally part of the long thread in Read The Members started by camgirl: "Feminism, Western Civilization, Stripping and Slavery." I decided that this was better as a stand alone topic and put it here.
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"I would no more be a Master than a slave. It does not conform to my idea of Democracy." Abraham Lincoln 1856.