I'm in a class called "Women in Contemporary Society" this semester. The authors of one of our readings -- a piece called "Fantasy Islands" by Michael S. Kimmel and Rebecca F. Plante -- raised the question why Westerners would go to other countries to have sex with third-world women and third-world men. We discussed this piece in class, came up with answers to this question, and shared our opinions about this subject. But before we did that the professor asked us a question, so I would like to ask you all the same one: how do Westerners who go in for sex tourism avoid seeing their relationships with natives as prostitution?
[Lightly edited to enhance readability -TT]