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Feminists, Queers and Critics: Debating the Cuban Sex Trade*

  • NOELLE M. STOUT (a1)
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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.

Feministas, Queers y Críticos: Debatiendo el Comercio Sexual Cubano

Académicos cubanos y defensores de mujeres han criticado la emergencia generalizada del turismo sexual en la Cuba post-soviética y atribuyen la prostitución a una crisis en los valores socialistas. Como respuesta, académicas feministas en los Estados Unidos y Europa han sostenido que los analistas cubanos promueven agendas gubernamentales y demonizan a los trabajadores sexuales. Apoyándose en 19 meses de investigación de campo en la Habana, en el artículo se desafía esta conclusión para demostrar cómo los queer cubanos condenan al turismo sexual mientras denuncian la alineación incondicional al nacionalismo cubano. Al introducir críticas gay en el debate, se resaltan las tendencias intervencionistas de la academia feminista sobre el comercio sexual cubano.

Palabras clave: comercio sexual turista, feminismo, homosexualidad

Feministas, Bichas e Críticos: Debates sobre o Mercado de Sexo Cubano

Estudiosos cubanos e defensores das mulheres criticam a ampla emergência do turismo sexual na Cuba pós-soviética, atribuindo a prostituição a uma crise dos valores socialistas. Em resposta, estudiosas feministas nos Estados Unidos e Europa argumentam que analistas cubanos promovem agendas governamentais e demonizam trabalhadores do sexo. Com base numa pesquisa de campo de dezenove meses em Havana, eu desafio essa conclusão, para mostrar como cubanos homossexuais condenam o turismo sexual enquanto repudiam uma lealdade incondicional ao nacionalismo cubano. Ao introduzir críticas de cubanos homossexuais no debate, eu sublinho insinuações intervencionistas de estudos feministas sobre o mercado sexual cubano.

Palavras-chave: mercado de sexo turístico, feminismo, homessexualidade.

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Derrick Hodge , ‘Colonization of the Cuban Body: The Growth of Male Sex Work in Havana’, NACLA Report on the Americas 34, no. 5. 2001, pp. 20–8

Jafari Sinclaire Allen , ‘Means of Desire's Production: Male Sex Labor in Cuba,’ Identities, vol. 14, no. 1, pp. 183202

Teresa Marrero , ‘Scripting Sexual Tourism: Fusco and Bustamante's STUFF, Prostitution and Cuba's Special Period’, Theatre Journal, vol. 55 (2003), pp. 235–50

Saba Mahmood , ‘Feminist Theory, Embodiment, and the Docile Agent: Some Reflections on the Egyptian Islamic Revival’, Cultural Anthropology, vol. 16, no. 2 (2001), p. 203

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  • ISSN: 0022-216X
  • EISSN: 1469-767X
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