In the Paradise trilogy, Australian director Ulrich Seidl attempts to tackle European womanhood and divides it into three parts: Love, Faith and Hope.
In Paradise: Love, Teresa, a middle-aged woman, travels to Kenya on a sex-tourism excursion looking for carnal satisfaction. Take a look at the trailer below:
Maybe Paradise: Lust would have been more apropos. Sex tourism isn’t anything new. Men travel to foreign countries all the time in search of gratuitous “exotic” sex, but rarely will you come across anything mentioning the women who do the same thing. Apparently white women love the “mandingo” and will pay for it at any costs. This is definitely not an Eat. Pray. Love scenario.
In 2007, Reuters covered the story of two white women on their trip to Kenya. Allie and Bethan, both from southern England and in their 50’s, had no qualms about spending money and sexing the young Kenyan men. They both described Kenya as “just full of big young boys who like us older girls.”
Sex tourism isn’t something that Kenya is too pleased about, but recognizes that it does exist. From the Reuters article:
“It’s not evil,” said Jake Grieves-Cook, chairman of the Kenya Tourist Board, when asked about the practice of older rich women traveling for sex with young Kenyan men.
“But it’s certainly something we frown upon.”
Also, the health risks are stark in a country with an AIDS prevalence of 6.9 percent. Although condom use can only be guessed at, Julia Davidson, an academic at Nottingham University who writes on sex tourism, said that in the course of her research she had met women who shunned condoms — finding them too “businesslike” for their exotic fantasies.
So these women are throwing money, health and caution to the wind for some wild African sex fantasies? Hi disease. Nice to meet you.
Plenty of Kenyan men are down with being used for sex. It’s not like they’re not getting something out of it to.
“When I go into the clubs, those are the only women I look for now,” he told Reuters. “I get to live like the rich mzungus (white people) who come here from rich countries, staying in the best hotels and just having my fun.”
“It’s not love, obviously. I didn’t come here looking for a husband,” Bethan said over a pounding beat from the speakers.
“It’s a social arrangement. I buy him a nice shirt and we go out for dinner. For as long as he stays with me he doesn’t pay for anything, and I get what I want — a good time. How is that different from a man buying a young girl dinner?”
First there was Stella getting her groove back, but now these women are taking it a bit too far in a perverse way.