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By Luc Loranhe (2007)
It has been claimed, and I have been blamed, that my work promotes sex tourism.
But I cannot be judged that easily.
Yes, it is true that I charged for access to articles with information on promising strategies for sexual relationships in certain countries.
But actually, the primary purpose of the membership fee never was to generate income for me, but to keep the information rather exclusive. I was willing to share it, but only with a few people.
If my primary interest would have been to earn money by providing information to sex tourists, I would have charged a much lower price, a price that more readers would be willing to pay. But with the high access charges, I effectively priced myself out of business.
Anyway, because access charges are high, most of those who are interested in access choose either to exchange information with me, or to translate articles. And in that, I am interested for political reasons.
For several years already, I no longer write to earn money, strange as this may sound. I earned my money writing travel guides, and if earning money were my concern, I would continue doing this. Less effort, and less controversial than writing political articles. But I live a simple, low-key life, and for that purpose, the money I have earned in previous years will last me until I die.
Many things, I now write either for myself, or in an attempt to bring some sense to the world.
While I live in a world, or a part of the world, that allows me a considerable level of sexual satisfaction, I would happily live in a world that would be even better suited for what I consider the most important aspects in life: optimal sexual satisfaction, followed by a gentle death.
The chances may be slim that through my writing, I will achieve enough social change to ever feel a benefit from it. But nevertheless, attempting it (and not earning money) is the principal motivation for much of my publishing on the Internet.
The social change that I would like to see is the implementation of more personal, and yes, sexual freedom.
Over the past 25 years in Southeast Asia, ever more legal sexual restrictions have been implemented, and the general social climate has become ever less accepting of sexuality per se.
Southeast Asian politicians and activists with an anti-sexual agenda usually proclaim that they want a reversal to previous sexually more sober human relations. They lie. In all countries of Southeast Asia, the trend has clearly been anti-sexual, for both social and legal parameters. And what has been sold as moral restoration has usually been a first-time sexual restriction.
If nothing would have changed in Southeast Asia since the early 1980s, I would probably have written much, much less. Or, at least, I would have written less in the way of political activism.
But anyway, not all of my writing is political activism. I also write and publish to establish and promote a better understanding of the most important aspect of life before one's death, which, definitely, is sexuality. And as I have been living in Southeast Asia for a quarter century, it is only natural that I discuss sexuality from a Southeast Asian perspective.
But promoting sex tourism to Southeast Asia would be very much against my interests.
While I do recognize that men do have common interests (for example: to live in freedom), I also know that sexually, other men are my competitors. Men who are similar to me all the more than those who are very different. Here, in Southeast Asia, other Caucasian males are my competitors more than locals.
I don't want competitors around the fewer the better. They spoil the exclusivity of the turf. For this reason, I would be a fool to promote sex tourism. (ma*r)
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