Erotic Journeys: Mexican Immigrants and Their Sex Lives by Gloria Gonzalez-Lopez

By Gloria Gonzalez-Lopez

Erotic trips is an engaging, revealing, and respectful exam of the romantic relationships and intercourse lives of the fastest-growing minority team within the country. In a chain of in-depth interviews, Gloria Gonz?lez-L?pez investigates the ways that sixty heterosexual Mexican men and women residing in la reinvent their intercourse lives as a part of their immigration and cost studies. Defying a extensive spectrum of preconceived notions, those immigrants verify of their shiny narratives that sexuality--far from being culturally determined--is fluid and complicated. Gonz?lez-L?pez explains that those Mexicans input the USA with specific sexual ideologies and practices that, whereas varied, are regulated via relations ethics and local patriarchies. After migration, a number of factors--including employment, the dangers and risks of resettlement, social networking with different immigrants, and the recent calls for of a fast paced industrialized metropolis--begin to rework the immigrants' intimate lives in deep and unforeseen methods. The remarkably candid interviews exhibit that those women and men are skillful negotiating brokers in their personal sexuality. The author's incisive research in their narratives units the degree for a nuanced and compelling knowing of this advanced subject and its many social implications.

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To focus only on pleasure and gratiWcation ignores the patriarchal structure in which women act, yet to speak only of sexual violence and oppression ignores women’s experience with sexual agency” (Vance 1984, 1). In the case of men, diVerent expressions of pleasure versus danger may also inXuence their experiences of sexuality before and after migrating. Men, for instance, may pay a high price for complying with hegemonic expressions of masculinity (Connell 2000, 11), especially in the realm of sexual initiation.

Unlike the case of single young men, a single woman may deprive herself of an active sex life before marriage as a way of protecting her family from dishonor and disrespect. As a consequence, the fear of family punishment and coercive marriage due to pregnancy out of wedlock may prevent a single woman from engaging in premarital intercourse. The socially learned fear that her future husband may scorn her for not being a virgin at marriage may also reinforce social control over a woman’s sex life.

But pre-Hispanic Mesoamerican groups also embraced values and social practices that favored men over women (J. Tuñón Pablos 2000). Thus, doctrines promoting such belief systems have their origins in both the Iberian peninsula and in preColumbian Mexico. Although there is continuity and change throughout history, and although regional variations exist, academics frequently associate the history of Mexican female sexuality with the Spanish values of power and control that have been carried down and socially reproduced since the colonial period (Lavrin 1989).

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