Feminists, queers and critics: Debating the Cuban sex trade

Noelle M. Stout

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    Abstract

    Cuban scholars and women's advocates have criticised the widespread emergence of sex tourism in post-Soviet Cuba and attributed prostitution to a crisis in socialist values. In response, feminist scholars in the United States and Europe have argued that Cuban analysts promote government agendas and demonise sex workers. Drawing on nineteen months of field research in Havana, I challenge this conclusion to demonstrate how queer Cubans condemn sex tourism while denouncing an unconditional allegiance to Cuban nationalism. By introducing gay Cuban critiques into the debate, I highlight the interventionist undertones of feminist scholarship on the Cuban sex trade.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)721-742
    Number of pages22
    JournalJournal of Latin American Studies
    Volume40
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    StatePublished - 2008

    Keywords

    • Feminism
    • Homosexuality
    • Tourist sex trade

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Geography, Planning and Development
    • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
    • Sociology and Political Science

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