Subject History Latin American History


How does the idea--expressed by many Dominican sex workers in Sosua interviewed by Brennan-- of finding a European man to "rescue" them from poverty and limited opportunities both defy and corroborate traditional ideas of women's and men's roles, propriety and autonomy?

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The idea of liberation through the sex trade defies and corroborates traditional gender roles, but I feel that they corroborate them more, especially when it comes to the second class status many Latin American women are forced to endure. Brennan immediately notes that most opportunities for women to advance through more socially acceptable methods are foreclosed upon, so resort towns like Sosua (which is one of many towns where prostitution thrives as a business in the DR) are built on sex tourism...

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