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De madres a hijas

Gloria González-López

in Gender and U.S. Immigration

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2003 | ISBN: 9780520225619
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520929869 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520225619.003.0011
De madres a hijas

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This chapter proposes a bridging of the immigration and gender and sexuality fields in order to carefully study the fluid sexual reinventions that are created by mexicanas in the United States. It proposes an idea that is based on recent scholarship on the interrelated dynamics of migration, gender, and sexuality. The discussion studies the things Mexican immigrant women teach their daughters about sexuality, most especially about premarital virginity. It uses data from in-depth interviews with Mexican immigrant women located in Los Angeles, and tries to determine how Mexican women give sex education for their daughters. The chapter also suggests that the moral standards of Catholicism are only part influencing the ideas of the mexicanas on virginity.

Keywords: immigration; gender and sexuality; sexual reinventions; mexicanas; premarital virginity; sex education; moral standards; Catholicism

Chapter.  11163 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Migration Studies

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