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Confesiones de Mujer: The Catholic Church and Sacred Morality in the Sex Lives of Mexican Immigrant Women

Gloria González-López

in Sexual Inequalities and Social Justice

Published by University of California Press

Published in print December 2006 | ISBN: 9780520246140
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520939141 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520246140.003.0008
Confesiones de Mujer: The Catholic Church and Sacred Morality in the Sex Lives of Mexican Immigrant Women

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The ecclesiastical control wielded over sexuality quite evidently runs counter to the actualities of everyday lives of individuals and hence, are inadequate for and incompatible with prevention of unwanted pregnancy and social interactions, respectively. This chapter appraises the gap between the real life dynamics of Mexican women and their traditional representation as abnegadas (self-sacrificing) and sumisas (submissive). The unrealistic and antagonistic position of the Church towards feminine sexuality and homosexuality compels the women to deviate from such norms. Such deviance however, is not corresponded by generally low degrees of faith. Commonplace consequences include heightened awareness among women about the patriarchal, sexually suppressive nature of the Church, and reinterpreting Catholic teachings in terms of their experienced subjectivity in terms of their sexuality. A general disposition discerns between spirituality, ideally to be nurtured by the church, and sexuality, an element separated from the former.

Keywords: Mexican women; unrealistic; homosexuality; patriarchal; spirituality; submissive

Chapter.  10858 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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