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Sex Tourism in BahiaAmbiguous Entanglements$
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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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Se Valorizando (Valuing Oneself)

Se Valorizando (Valuing Oneself)

Ambiguity, Exploitation, and Cosmopolitanism

(p.126) Chapter Six Se Valorizando (Valuing Oneself)
Sex Tourism in Bahia

Erica Lorraine Williams

University of Illinois Press

This chapter examines the ambiguities implicit in the sexual and romantic encounters of the women of Aprosba with foreign men. It first analyzes how some Aprosba members conceptualize their sexual/romantic encounters and exchanges with foreigners. It then considers how the ambiguous entanglements between sex workers and foreign men—both leisure tourists and marinheiros— complicate notions of power, agency, affect, desire, and cosmopolitanism. It also discusses the racial politics of Aprosba, which has an overwhelmingly white Brazilian leadership and an overwhelmingly Afro-Brazilian membership. It shows that some sex worker express sentiments of se valorizando, or valuing oneself, tied to the act of charging for sexual services. The chapter concludes with an assessment of the perspectives of Jacqueline Leite, founder of the Humanitarian Center for the Support of Women (CHAME), a Salvador-based nongovernmental organization, about the issue of exploitation in sex tourism.

Keywords:   foreign men, Aprosba, ambiguous entanglements, sex workers, cosmopolitanism, racial politics, se valorizando, Jacqueline Leite, exploitation, sex tourism

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