From Temporary Wife to Prostitute: Sexuality and Economic Change in Early Modern Southeast Asia

  title={From Temporary Wife to Prostitute: Sexuality and Economic Change in Early Modern Southeast Asia},
  author={Barbara Watson Andaya},
  journal={Journal of Women's History},
  pages={11 - 34}
  • B. Andaya
  • Published 1998
  • History
  • Journal of Women's History
The historical study of women and gender in Southeast Asia is relatively new, and has concentrated almost exclusively on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. This article provides a deeper base to the discussion by examining changing attitudes toward sexual relationships between foreign men and local women during the early modern period. When Europeans arrived in the region in the early sixteenth century, they found that foreign traders commonly entered into a temporary marriage with local… 

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