Title

What Happens in Vegas … Why Consent Matters in ‘Sin City’ and Other Sex Tourism Cities

Document Type

Blog

Publication Date

3-23-2020

Publication Title

The Conversation

First page number:

1

Last page number:

4

Abstract

Mention the phrase “sex tourism” in conversation and most people will cringe in disgust. Why? People often picture old Western men visiting Asia for easy cheap sex with young boys and girls. Stereotypes of sex tourism, as geographer Phil Hubbard notes, “obscure a more complex global economy of sex”. A wide range of people, regardless of age, gender, relationship status, race/ethnicity, ability/disability and sexuality, engage in sexualised tourism and leisure activities. We do this whenever we watch porn at home or in a hotel room when on holiday; go on a “romantic/dirty weekend”; visit a strip club, brothel, swingers’ club or bdsm dungeon when on a business trip; attend a gay/lesbian Mardi Gras parade; or go to a porn expo.

Keywords

Sex tourism; Sexual consent; Las Vegas; Sex tourism cities; Adult entertainment industry

Disciplines

Social and Behavioral Sciences | Sociology | Tourism

Language

English


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