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Caribbean: Gender Socialization and Sex Tourism in the Caribbean
Sex and Tourism
By Reuben Albo


Prompted by an initial summer project on male sex tourism in Barbados and my own experiences as a Caribbean male, I undertook a project this semester to study gender socialization in relation to the sex tourism industry in the Caribbean focusing on the island of Barbados. Barbados was my island of choice firstly because of previous personal experiences there over the summer and secondly because it is a small but very significant island, making it easy to study and a good representation of the Caribbean for the purposes of this study. Barbados is significant in that it has a very tourism-dependent economy complete with male sex tourism workers and a stereotyped island image of sun and fun that often obscures other cultural and social aspects. In addition the history of the island from slavery onwards, with differing experiences from both sexes, is well documented by historians such as Barbadian Professor, Hilary Beckles.

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