Introduction According to the annual report of Ghapro (2014), Latin American sex workers constitute a significant proportion of immigrants working in Antwerp's sex industry2.
Remarkably, it primarily consists of transgenders3. Although this group is largely present in and beyond Antwerp's Red Light District, few is known about their lives as they live in the margins of society, caught in a 3-fold stigma: being migrant, being sex worker, and being transgendered4.
In this paper, I emphasize that economic, political, religious as well as gender specific emancipatory motives can lead to an innovate anthropological perspective on this matter, so that our understanding of this social reality increases by developing personal testimonies and life histories of this phenomenon.
It therefore builds further on the work "Sex Workers on the Move.
But then again, Americans tend to dress up less often and like wearing their sneakers and sweatpants everywhere without ever being judged, a level of a relaxed attitude I would sometimes like to see in my own country.
A friend of mine, a fellow European, summarized how relationships on opposite sides of the Atlantic Ocean work in a comical, but also pretty accurate way: “In America, the girl is Barbie and the guy is Ken.
In Europe both are both.” So how does this actually apply to the way relationships differ from each other in two continents whose inhabitants once belonged to the same culture?
With the rise of the entertainment culture, with its movie houses and dance halls and their universal appeal across class lines, dating quickly moved up the socio-economic ladder to include middle- and upper-class men and women, as well as the new urbanites.
When one tries to understand how dating has changed over time, and most importantly, how we arrived at the system of courtship and dating we have today, one must realize the monumental cultural shift that occurred during the 1940s, primarily due to World War II.