chapter  33
12 Pages

Cynthia Enloe, 'Gender Makes the World Go Round' (1989)

A European woman decides to take her holiday in Jamaica because the weather is warm, it is cheap and safe for tourists. In choosing this form of pleasure, she is playing her part in creating the current international political system. She is helping the Jamaican government earn badly needed foreign currency to repay overseas debts. She is transforming ‘chambermaid’ into a major job category. And, unwittingly, if she travels on holiday with a white man, she may make some Jamaican men, seeing every day the privileges - economic and sexual - garnered by white men, feel humiliated and so nourish nationalist identities rooted in injured masculinity.