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Gringo Love: Stories of Sex Tourism in Brazil

Gringo Love: Stories of Sex Tourism in Brazil

Marie-Eve Carrier-Moisan; adapted by William Flynn; illustrated by Débora Santos, University of Toronto Press, 2020

https://utorontopress.com/ca/gringo-love-4

In the city of Natal in northeastern Brazil, several local women negotiate the terms of their intimate relationships with foreign tourists, or gringos, in a situation often referred to as “sex tourism.” These women have different experiences, but they share a similar desire to “escape” the social conditions of their lives in Brazil.

Based on original ethnographic research and presented in graphic form, Gringo Love explores the hopes, dreams, and realities of these women against a backdrop of deep social inequality and increasing state surveillance leading up to the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games. It touches on important contemporary issues, including sexual economics, transnational mobility, romantic imaginaries, gender representation, race and inequality, and visual methods.

The graphic story is accompanied by analysis and contextual discussion, which encourage readers to engage with the narrative and expand their understanding of the broader social issues therein.

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