- Tapa blanda: 306 páginas
- Editor: University of Chicago Press; Edición: 2nd ed. (19 de enero de 1998)
- Colección: Worlds of Desire
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0226682579
- ISBN-13: 978-0226682570
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Mema's House, Mexico City: On Transvestites, Queens and Machos (Worlds of Desire) (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 19 ene 1998
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Mema's house is in the poor quarter Nezahualcoyotl, a crowded urban space on the outskirts of Mexico City where people survive with the help of family, neighbours, and friends. This house is a sanctuary for a group of young homosexual men who meet to chat, flirt, listen to music, and smoke marijuana. Among the group are sex workers and transvestites with high heels, short skirts, heavy make-up, and voluminous hairstyles; and their partners, young, bisexual men, wearing T-shirts and worn jeans, short hair, and maybe a moustache. Mema, an AIDS educator and the leader of this gang of homosexual men, invited Annick Prieur, a European sociologist, to meet the community and conduct her fieldwork at his house. Prieur lived there for six months between 1988 and 1991, and she has kept in touch for more than eight years. As Prieur follows the transvestites in their daily activities - at their work as prostitutes or as hairdressers, at night having fun in the streets and in discos, on visits with their families and even in prisons, a story unfolds of love, violence, and deceit. Prieur analyzes the complicated relations between the effeminate homosexuals, most of them transvestites, and their partners, the masculine-looking bisexual men, asking why these particular gender constructions exist in the Mexican working classes, and how they can be so widespread in a male-dominated society, the very society from which the term "machismo" stems. Weaving empirical research with theory, Prieur presents new analytical angles on several concepts: family, class, domination, the role of the body, and the production of differences among men.
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Annick Prieur is senior researcher at NOVA in Oslo and an associated researcher at the Centre de Sociologie Europeenne in Paris.
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The only thing I found somewhat lacking was a broader historical context. (For example, I was surprised not to find Chauncey's Gay New York in the bibliography, because parallels with the New York situation of 100 years ago can easily be drawn).
The relative lack of a historical setting leaves some questions unanswered. The vestidas are largely able to construct their identity through fairly recently developed technologies (hormone pills, oil injections, and, of course, cheap cosmetics). With this in the back of one's mind, it's fair to ask whether Prieur's vestidas existed in Neza thirty years ago. If so, how different were they? With reduced possibilities to pass convincingly as a woman before technology makes spectacular changes possible, how did Mexican (Neza-an) men conceive of themselves and of their sexuality? Were the extravagant, but only recently 'constructed' vestidas actual vectors in a changing attitude towards sexuality and/or views towards masculinity and femininity?