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I recently traveled abroad to the Dominican Republic with some of my closest male friends.

Before I left, I read Don't Blame it on Rio: The Real Deal Behind Why Men Go to Brazil for Sex by Jewel Woods and Karen Hunter.

At the time I read it, I took some of the accounts in the book to be a bit "sensationalist." After all, in a book that is composed largely of black men talking about sexual exploits, you're likely to encounter some exaggerations. This dose of skepticism was doused when I arrived to my vacation destination, and I quickly saw the book come to life.

My first night at my destination, I met a black man from Boston who had been traveling to Brazil for three years to fulfill the sexual appetite his wife would not quench. One of Woods' goals is to understand why black men travel abroad for female companionship when there are black women locally who are looking for male companionship. In exploring this, Woods takes us through the process of how black men with resources begin to see the world as their playground by investigating gender roles from college campuses to Copacabana.

The most powerful, beautiful and disturbing dimension of the book is that Woods allows black men to speak for themselves. While many things are written about black men, all too often their voices and opinions are eclipsed by an author's perspective. In graphic detail, men explained their decisions for traveling abroad for female companionship and the realities they faced after returning from these trips. Over the past couple of years, black male sex tourism has been a "hot topic" in magazines, but most of these accounts haven't given enough weight to the larger social forces at play such as gender socialization, an expanding black middle class and the image of the black male in crisis.

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