Meeting Minutes - Ed Herold,Female Tourists and Beach Boys - April 13, 2017
Today’s membership meeting was opened at 10:25 am by President John Proctor with 38 members in attendance.
John Proctor welcomed everyone to today's meeting with special welcome to Ed Herold who was our speaker today. John wished to thank and celebrate the members and said our club ran very well because of all the volunteers that helped to make the club work. He invited members to get involved by joining a committee because they would find it a rewarding experience.
Julian Sale introduced Ed Herold . Ed received his PhD was from Iowa State University in Sociology. He was a Professor in the Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition, University of Guelph from 1970 to 2005. He taught courses in couple and family relationships and human sexuality. He initiated and for 16 years was Chair of the Guelph Sexuality Conference (one of the largest annual sexuality conferences in North America). He has conducted research in the Dominican Republic and Australia as well as in Canada and the United States. He’s the author of one book, co-author of another and about 90 refereed articles and book chapters. He’s presented papers at numerous national and international conferences and received several research grants. Much of his research focused on the areas of sexuality and situational context and sexual communication. The Board of Directors of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality elected Ed to be a Fellow of that organization. Fellows are elected for outstanding contributions to the sphere of sexual knowledge.
Ed Herold speaking on Female Tourists and Beach Boys: Romance or Sex Tourism. Ed began by saying that this particular study originated as an idea from and observation he made while on a vacation some years ago in the Caribbean. He noticed the interactions between white female tourists and the local black men. Some years later Ed was invited by the International Development Research Center (IDRC) in Ottawa to attend and lead some conferences on HIV and AIDs. These conferences took him to Montreal, Tanzania, Mexico and the Dominican Republic.
In the planning to do further research on HIV and AIDS a colleague of Ed’s thought Ed’s idea in the area of female tourists and beach boys and how it related to the spread of STD’s would be a good topic to study. A research grant was obtained and the study initiated.
The type of research was a qualitative study using individuals contributing to a large sample size. The study was on the sexual relationships of female tourists and local black men (beach boys) as well as female sex workers and male tourists. The term “beach boys” referred to black males who used sexual relationships with female tourists as a way of making money and even supporting themselves. At one time in the “industry” the males were mostly gay men wanting sex but overtime the males learned they could make more money from women than they could from other men.
The study focused on situational social behaviours because frequently people on vacation, or a distance from home will behave differently than when at home. In these social situations people’s feelings change, they are seeking a good time and are less inhibited.
Ed’s presentation focused mainly on the beach boys. These beach boys typically have jobs in local towns but they ply their sex trade on the beaches where they use various means of making themselves noticed to female tourists. Most are between the ages of 17 to 25, mostly black and they can generally speak several languages. They are quite open about what they do and talk and brag about it. On the other hand, female sex workers work in areas away from the towns where they live because sex work for females is far more stigmatizing.
The motivations of the beach boys falls into two categories. One is the non-economic category or amateurs who do this for the pleasure of it or bragging rights. The professionals are more concerned about making money and have different types of goals. One is the short term goal, of say, getting your meals paid for, getting admission into discos, getting nice cars to drive or having nice clothes purchased for you. An intermediate goal might be to have the woman buy you a new car or motorcycle or having your apartment paid for. Longer term goals might be to get free trips to the North America or Europe. The ultimate goal might be to be sponsored to get a means of immigrating to one of these places.
The motivation for the tourist might be to search for love, romance or sexual excitement. Having said this, most female tourists do not become involved with beach boys. It’s a small sample. Most female tourists see the experience as romantic rather than sexual. On the other hand, with the female sex worker and the man, sex is at the top of the agenda for the man. For some women they want to be with one partner but there are some who prefer to be with many partners.
Ed explained the way the beach boys would select the women they would have sex with and the criteria were generally based on the woman’s age (generally over 40), weight, appearance to be able to get money from, and those women who were more outgoing in personality. Another factor might be the woman’s ethnicity.
The seduction process varied depending on the setting but typically the beach-boy makes the first approach and usually in public settings. Alcohol and dancing are quite often involved. If a relationship develops, the beach boy will spend all his time with that woman. The strategy is to encourage her and hope she will be with him for the next few weeks. The goal is to provide her with the best sex she has ever had and the men are more focused on her sexual satisfaction rather than his. Ed elaborated on the beach boys’ technics which varied but always focused on getting money.
Ed also mentioned other means by which tourism, sex and relationships intersected.
At the conclusion of Ed’s presentation, Julian Sale thanked him and presented him with a token of the Club’s appreciation.
Announcements Nominations for Board of Directors – John Proctor President John Proctor announced that it's time for nominations to be submitted for next term’s Board of Directors. The three people on the Nominations Committee are: David Wallace (Past-President and Nominations Committee Chair), Ed Herold (Vice-President), Gordon Framst (Member-at-Large). Please submit nominations to David. Volunteers for committees are always welcome. Coffee Groups – Gary Luck Thursday, April 20th @ 10:00 am at the Boathouse & Airpark Café Activities – David Wallace - The Activities Committee is looking into a boat cruise with lunch cruise on the Niagara River. Cost is about $55 leaving from Queenston. Time: about the middle of September - Looking into a visit to the Honeybee Research Center; Time needed for tour is about 90 minutes.
Next Meeting: April 27th with Ross Brewitt and hockey stories Adjournment @11:35am