I need to quickly address what I wrote below, about hooking up with foreigners while abroad.  That sounds pretty ethnocentric and almost, like, imperialist or something.  Seeing foreigners as a sexual novelty is obviously not appropriate in the strive toward racial/ethnic equality.  However, I also know that men in other countries sometimes enjoy pursuing sex with American tourists.  It’s kind of a common thing, actually.  So the way I see it, if it’s mutually understood–they enjoy the novelty of sleeping with an American and I enjoy the novelty of sleeping with a foreigner–then there’s not really anything wrong with it, and it doesn’t degrade either of us as individuals.  We’re both objectifying each other, but we probably still like and respect each other.  As far as I’m concerned, that’s okay.

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