by Jude Rosier
Monday, September 16, 2019 ((rezonodwes.com)) – What we call Informal Market of Sexuality is a system where sexual exchange is built implicitly on practices of economic-sexual type while striving to respect the regulatory and ritualized principles of the sexual union of man and woman imposed by society.
It is a form of sentimental relationship where the individual (usually the woman), while keeping in mind the economic objectives of her approach, tries however not to “lose face”, preserving herself, as much that he can be accused of being a prostitute. This type of relationship may be less sustainable, but it is not expected to become “serious” or permanent.
the history of humanity sexuality has been lived in different ways. We
speaks of periods of sexual liberation and other more puritanical ones. We
let's live today the time of the sexual revolution. However, this
revolution seems to be affected mainly women. Because she released these
past “traditional social frameworks” to place them on the
field of sexual emancipation; during this time men enjoy
have always been an excessive and unprejudiced sexual freedom.
In the Haitian milieu, the question
related to sexuality has always been of enormous complexity. The modalities according to
which it will be negotiated depend on the objective conditions of
the subject's existence, including his family history and social space
lived (family / neighborhood). In other words, everyone builds their sexual identity
in relation to the dimension of its sexual socialization. So, we do not conceive
not sexuality in the same way, and does not see it in the same way. Moreover,
depending on his conception of sex, one can be either object or
Moreover, the Haitian society is crossed by a sexual representation based on a figure of conformist sentimental-Christian . This sexual imaginary makes one feel still embarrassed today to affirm publicly or in front of one's family that one is a follower of these practices.
Moreover, the ethics of sexuality provoke in our society a conservative reaction: we do not change anything, nor at the level of the principles that have hitherto governed our judgments on sexual behavior, nor at the level of application of these principles to concrete cases. In other words, there still seems to exist in the Haitian collective imagination a kind of legal conformity of sexual union that can not be surpassed.
However, this orientation
The objective of sexual union can not preserve its sense of balance.
It will be rather regulated according to the conditions of existence of the individual.
So, there are young women, living in marked communities
poverty and economic and social precariousness, are obliged to
deploy all kinds of economic strategies to survive, ranging from acceptance
financial offers to satisfy the sexual desires and appetites of
offerers up to practices that border on prostitution. So, the
sexuality becomes a means of realization of economic capital.
In this perspective, love
is no longer a sentimental act in which an exchange of affection or
pleasure, but rather becomes an economically conditioned feeling. It is
in this context that Paola Tabet relates in his work entitled The great scam. Sexuality of women and
economic-sexual exchange published in 2004: that “in Haiti, all relations granted, including conjugal
or extra-marital, are considered as an exchange: economic input
on the part of men, sexual access by women “.
On the other hand, not wanting
transgress the regulatory principles of sexual union and
qualify as prostitutes, these young women will refuse to integrate into
open relationships with several “paying lovers” and bypass
these banned by officially appearing with one person while
now veiled, friendly relationships with many. They believe
moreover, this last practice is much more normal and legitimate,
since they recognize themselves proudly as women “brewers” that is to say, those who know
perfectly how to manipulate men to achieve their ends.
They know that their bodies
become their only social capital, which fuels desire, so they
strive to grow by showing themselves beautiful and attractive. By
therefore, they will invest on themselves to preserve their beauty
profitable. They do not tolerate any task on their faces. They
endanger themselves by swallowing all kinds of tablets and beverages
to keep their build. Cosmetics often dangerous for the
are abused by these young women.
They will implement all
their resources, especially their youth, in order to present themselves in a
seductive on the market of sexuality .
However, relationships are not priced accurately. And this is
significant because explicitly specifying a tariff would be tantamount to being
labeled prostitute. However, compensation may be charged according to the
immediate need of the young woman, either in an immediate payment of the service
in various forms of assistance: paying rent, buying clothes or
other products, get good grades at school / university, pay for them
fees and school supplies, get a job, support in the
difficult times, introduce the woman to people well placed in the
This phenomenon takes on such a
it is recognized in several forms, such as that of “zokiki phenomenon”, which
is the behavior conceived as the sexual diversion made by adults to
against minors, the phenomenon of “Madan
daddy “recognized as one involving the sentimental relationship of two
persons of significantly different age categories or the
phenomenon of the “BRH” (Bar-Restaurant-Hotel)
From this point of view, the classical approach of
sexuality is increasingly misunderstood. The guiding principles
love and sexual life seem to be diffuse. All indications are that
love issue, in terms of passion or spontaneous feeling experienced one
for the other is not always put forward in the game of sexuality . This rule, linked above all to a form of
sexual culture, is the object of a logic of determinism because it reveals,
in part the reality of sex and participates in the construction
of the sexual identity of the individual
Jude ROSIER, Economist / Sociologist firstname.lastname@example.org