Mexican Masculinities

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U of Minnesota Press, 2003 - 282 pages
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Contents

Early Paradoxes of Masculinity and Male Homosocial Bonding The Nineteenth Century
1
Criminal Male Sexuality The Turn of the Century
50
Virile Literature and Effeminate Literature The 1920s and 1930s
116
Homosexual Panic The 1940s and 1950s
187
The Trials and Tribulations of los Hijos de la Chingada
225
Notes
231
Bibliography
253
Index
273
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Page xviii - Mexicans, and I think everyone in the world, admire the person "with balls," as we say. The character who throws punches and kicks, without stopping to think, is the one who comes out on top. The one who has guts enough to stand up against an older, stronger guy, is more respected. If someone shouts, you've got to shout louder. If any soand-so comes to me and says, "Fuck your mother," I answer, "Fuck your mother a thousand times.
Page xvi - ... hispanos. We say nosotros los mexicanos (by mexicanos we do not mean citizens of Mexico; we do not mean a national identity, but a racial one). We distinguish between mexicanos del otro lado and mexicanos de este lado. Deep in our hearts we believe that being Mexican has nothing to do with which country one lives in. Being Mexican is a state of soul — not one of mind, not one of citizenship.
Page xviii - The one who has guts enough to stand up against an older, stronger guy, is more respected. If someone shouts, you've got to shout louder. If any soand-so comes to me and says, "Fuck your mother," I answer, "Fuck your mother a thousand times." And if he gives one step forward and I take one step back, I lose prestige. But if I go forward too, and pile on and make a fool out of him, then the others will treat me with respect. In a fight, I would never give up or say, "Enough," even though the other...

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