Sample Essay on Tourism, Female Prostitution and Health Impact in Bangkok

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Article 1

The article focuses on prostitution between local Thailand women and foreign men in Bangkok. It proposes that the act does not undermine women’s values, but rather, it is a function of these values. Women feel the need to provide for their parents, and they use prostitution as a way of exerting power over men and discovering their self-identities. Thailand women regard prostitution as their profession as it offers them financial stability. Women are in power in these setups since they “use reciprocity and personalized relationships to negotiate to their own advantage the commodification of their bodies and the meaning of their relationships with Western men” (23). This contributes significant insight regarding the nature of female prostitution with foreigners in Thailand.

Askew uses several reference materials to support his study. This enhances the credibility of his analysis as it draws upon existing resources. He also recognizes gaps in the study and endeavours to bridge the gap through practical research on the participants from Bangkok bars. Askew’s study is relevant to my research as it addresses the main topics of my research. For instance, the study is based in Bangkok, and it focuses on commercial sex workers and foreign men. This covers my two major topics, that is, prostitution and tourism. It especially offers insight into the causes of high prevalence of female prostitution in Bangkok, Thailand. The source is useful for any scholar looking for information regarding female prostitution since it highlights the major points efficiently, and supports its ideas in a scholarly manner.

Article 2

Chamratrithirong and Kaiser offer insight into the health impact of sex with regular or casual sex partners. The study analyses statistics concerning “condom use among heterosexual Thai males in sex relations with regular partners and in sex with casual partners (1).” It highlights factors that influence condom use in Thailand as noted through the participants of the study conducted on Thailand men. These include the socioeconomic status of the men, their marital status, the nature of their romantic relationships, education, income and employment status, and condom knowledge. The study also relates condom use to the risk of contracting HIV/AIDS and related sexually transmitted diseases. According to the authors, condom use among sex workers is high because the workers embraced the 100% Condom Use program instituted by the government. On the other hand, regular and casual partnerships do not feel the need to use condoms because they only worry about contraception, and this is taken care of through contraceptive options. The article is readily available online through the JSTOR library and this also enhances its usability.

This article also offers an in-depth analysis that exposes the reality of condom use among Thailand men. It contributes an important factor to my research. Apparently, lack of condom use is more prevalent among casual and regular sex partners than it is among commercial sex workers. This implies that Thailand’s commercial sex workers are relatively at a lower risk of contracting sexually transmitted diseases than their counterparts are. This positive observation will form the basis of my research as I analyze the health consequences of Bangkok’s commercial sex workers both globally and locally. The data used in the study is credible, making it easier to accept the conclusions and recommendations drawn from the study. Further, the article is accessible online through open access, making it available to all online users interested in Thailand’s condom use statistics.