Love Boat Lost

During the "Special Period," Cuba endured severe shortages that affected the lives of women. Partnerships between the Cuban government and foreign interests were seen as a way to pump life into the island, and finally make it self-sufficient and truly independent. This essay reviews gendered images of Cuban tourism through empirical observation and personal interviews. Gender contradictions, and how they have been reconciled, are considered within the context of the Revolution and the profit-making venture of tourism.