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Erica Lorraine Williams

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780252037931

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252037931.001.0001

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Tourist Tales and Erotic Adventures

Tourist Tales and Erotic Adventures

(p.83) Chapter Four Tourist Tales and Erotic Adventures
Sex Tourism in Bahia

Erica Lorraine Williams

University of Illinois Press

This chapter examines the motivations, experiences, and subjectivities of sex tourists in Salvador by considering the experiences of a young white heterosexual male sex tourist from New York and an African American man who is not a sex tourist but who provides insights into the imagination of Brazilian women as exotic and hypersexual. More specifically, the chapter asks how sex tourists understand and articulate their racialized desires, how the tourist experience is characterized by liminality, and how the desire for “touristic intimacy” plays out in Salvador's touristscape. Drawing on the stories of the two men, the chapter shows how discourses of black hypersexuality circulate both in Brazilian sex tourism and in the transnational tourism industry. In particular, the (imagined) hypersexuality of Brazilian women of African descent plays an important role in the experiences of foreign tourists, regardless of whether or not they actually have sex with Brazilian women.

Keywords:   sex tourists, Salvador, Brazilian women, liminality, touristic intimacy, touristscape, black hypersexuality, sex tourism, foreign tourists, transnational tourism

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