Oh yes, because the woman who was sold into prostitution has so much agency to travel around the world for HER pleasure! At times some of the historical anecdotes were simply uninteresting to me, however, there are plenty of captivating insights about the Vietnam War, Mao Zedong, and modern day China and Southeast Asia to more than make up for it. Yes, in a rich country like Japan at the beginning of the 21st century, where the women are educated and mostly free to make their own choices, they are clearly not coerced into their relationships with western men. For the West, the harem began at home. Indeed, the earlier chapters do provide interesting historical examples of explorers seeking to unveil the harem and Europeans setting up little harems of their own during colonial rule. Furnishing only 10 pages of endnotes is not in keeping with rigorous academic standards.
If the East is unusually sensuous, it is so only from a comparative perspective — that of a Westerner with certain notions about what constitutes sensuousness.
The East, the West, and Sex
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