Sexual geography study guide

Romance on the Road provides rich details on sexual geography. Topics include:


  • Overarching geographic patterns governing sex tourism destinations for men and women
    • The world’s two leading emporia for sex tourism: Thailand and the Dominican Republic
    • Men’s destinations: Southeast Asia, Latin America
    • Women’s destinations: Mediterranean, Africa, Caribbean
    • Gay destinations: Sitges, Cape Town, Bangkok, Brazil
    • Lesbian destinations: Lesbos, Bali
    • The Zone of Sexual Freedom: Africa
    • The Zone of Sexual Winter: East Asia
    • The Zone of Sexual Violence: Melanesia
    • The Zone of Abandonment: Oceania
  • Femininity, masculinity, sex warfare and geography
  • Exclusive immigration data on foreign wives and husbands of Americans
  • Emotional geography and the commodification of sex


  • Veiling laws, agricultural development and female sexual freedom
  • Cleopatra, Babylon’s sacred priestesses, Turkish free spirits and Native American single women
  • History’s first sex destinations: Italy and Greece
  • Victorian female adventureresses: Rome, the Near East, India
  • Spain, the Caribbean, West Africa and the 1960s explosion in female sex tourism
  • Erica Jong, Terry McMillan and how novels accelerated trends
  • Princess Diana, Osama bin Laden and the Middle East
  • Predictions of the future of female sex tourism and its social impact


  • Sex tourism by language groups in Caribbean islands


  • Feminism and unintended consequences
  • Mate shortages created by marriage patterns:
    First World and Third World alike
  • Sex and the divorced Baby Boomer woman
  • Mate selection in throes of a revolution
  • Widespread involuntary celibacy: Female and male


  • Female sexual pioneers:
    — in Southern Europe, Africa, Asia, Polynesia
  • Gay men: Common motivations with Victorian women
  • Lesbians: Special destinations and strategies


  • The first sexual geographer: Sir Richard Francis Burton
  • The female participant: Anne Cumming, Fiona Pitt-Kethley
  • The novelist as theoretician: Paul Theroux, Michel Houellebecq
  • The skeptical social scientist: April Gorry