I met girl X in her doorway, on San Lazaro Street. She is from Holguin and, like many teenagers and young people, she goes running whenever she sees the authorities heading her way. She leaves without telling me where, a friend makes a gesture; we both think the same thing. Does Frank Simon oppose prostitution in Cuba?
Percentage of Men (by Country) Who Paid for Sex at Least Once: The Johns Chart
Bodies for Sale. Pinguerismo and Negotiated Masculinity in Contemporary Cuba
Abel Sierra Madero. New York University Translation: This essay relates the research of a kind of male subjects pingueros inserted in the informal economy of pleasure linked to the tourism in Cuba. Studying their performance on homoerotic circuits in Havana, the text analyses how the pingueros when dealing with foreigners negotiate masculinity and identity; it also discusses the locally constructed concepts of gender and sexuality, on one hand, and nation and survival on the other.
Prostitution in Havana
Having travelled to many parts of Cuba in star hotels, over a 20 year period, this hotel really stands out. Clearly, by the male guests' own admission to me, this place is known as a sex tourist destination. They were surprised that I did not know of this reputation.
He was scarcely even a puppy, a tiny black bit of fur the size of my own small hand, just able to walk across the beach. I scooped him up and turned around, looking for his owner. There was no one behind me, just the beach restaurant where my lunch had been cooked. It had been simple grilled fish with rice and a few tomato slices.