Colonial Visions of 'Third World' Toilets: A Nineteenth-Century Discourse That Haunts Contemporary Tourism

Temple University Press
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Ladies and Gents: Public Toilets and Gender, 2009, 1, pp. 105 - 125
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In 1998, I spent thtee months in Tunisia studying Arabic and taking a ,much-needed holiday from my Ph.D. studies. An Australian woman of mixed heritage (including Cherokee Indian), my multilingualism, physical smallness, black hair and eyes, and yellow-toned skin allow me to blend in, or at least to defy categorisation, in a range of cultures. As a woman travelling alone in that region, I attracted an inordinate amount of attention but was also, perhaps due to my liminal status as an anomaly, privy to some insightful confessions and revelations from Tunisians and Algerians I met thete.
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