There is an ongoing debate on terminology regarding female sex tourism.Pruitt and La Font argue that the term female sex tourism is not representative of the relationship that female tourists have with local men.Just as some Western women may consider the local men exotic, the local men may consider Western women to be exotic.
She also explores whether or not female sex tourism is based on romance and if there is some sort of sexual-economic relationship occurring between the two parties.
She added, "The fact that parallels between male and female sex tourism are widely overlooked reflects and reproduces weaknesses in existing theoretical and commonsense understandings of gendered power...[and] sex tourism." A number of countries have become popular destinations for female sex tourism, including Southern Europe (mainly in Greece, Italy, Malta, Cyprus, Spain and Portugal); the Caribbean (Barbados, Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Jamaica); Brazil, Egypt, Turkey, Southeast Asia, and Phuket in Thailand); and Gambia, Senegal and Kenya in Africa.
The evidence suggests that notional stereotypes among Western women about countries that are 'reputed' to have an abundance of conventionally sexually attractive and visually and aesthetically pleasing young men, become popular destinations for female sex tourism.
Female sex tourists may seek aspects of the sexual relationship not shared by their male counterpart, such as perceived romance and intimacy.
Female sex tourism occurs in diverse regions of the world.