Sean T. Healy
Response to Dr. Erica Williams Interview
On March 31st, Dr. Erica Williams came to our class for a question and answer session that shed light on some questions we had about her book Sex Tourism in Bahia. Her book emphasized the commodification of sex and how tourism exploits this ideology in particular from foreign tourists. Her story focuses on the sex tourism industry in Bahia, a province in northern Brazil that is experiencing rapidly growing development, in part because of its beautiful beaches. Williams’s book highlights the sex workers in the area by providing first hand accounts of how the sex tourism industry operates on a day-to-day basis and their relationship with foreigners. Our job was to read one chapter in Dr. Williams’s book (in addition to the introduction and conclusion) and come up with viable questions that we had from that particular chapter. We chose to read and ask questions on Chapter 1.