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Family Secrets : Stories of Incest and Sexual Violence in Mexico / Gloria González-López.

Author/Creator:
González-López, Gloria, author., Author,
Publication:
New York, NY : New York University Press, [2015]
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource
Series:
Latina/o Sociology ; 1
Contained In:
De Gruyter University Press Library.
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Subjects:
Families -- Mexico.
Incest -- Mexico.
Sex crimes -- Mexico.
Sex -- Mexico -- Mexico.
Sex -- Mexico.
Language:
In English.
System Details:
Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web.
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Summary:
"My breasts stopped growing when my grandfather touched them," confides 'Elisa', a young woman who recounts the traumatic incest and sexual abuse she experienced in childhood. In Family Secrets, Gloria González-López tells the life stories of 60 men and women in Mexico who, like Elisa, saw their lives irrevocably changed in the wake of childhood and adolescent incest. In Mexico, a patriarchal, religious society where women are expected to make themselves sexually available to men and where same-sex experiences for both men and women bring great shame, incest is easily hidden, seldom discussed, and rarely reported to authorities. Through gripping, emotional narrative, González-López brings the deeply troubling, hidden, and unspoken issues of incest and sexual violence in Mexican families to light.González-López contends that family and cultural structures in Mexican life enable incest and the culture of silence that surrounds it. She examines the strong bonds of familial obligation between parents and children, brothers and sisters, and elders and youth that, in the case of incest, can morph into sexual obligation; the codes of honor and shame reinforced by tradition and the Church, discouraging openness about sexual violence and trauma; the double standards of morality and stereotypes about sexuality that leave girls and women and gender nonconforming boys and men especially vulnerable to sexual abuse. Together, these cultural factors create a perfect storm for generations upon generations of unspoken incest, a cycle that takes great courage and strength to heal from and overcome. A riveting account, Family Secrets turns a feminist and sociological lens on a disturbing trend that has gone unnoticed for far too long."My breasts stopped growing when my grandfather touched them," confides 'Elisa', a young woman who recounts the traumatic incest and sexual abuse she experienced in childhood. In Family Secrets, Gloria González-López tells the life stories of 60 men and women in Mexico who, like Elisa, saw their lives irrevocably changed in the wake of childhood and adolescent incest. In Mexico, a patriarchal, religious society where women are expected to make themselves sexually available to men and where same-sex experiences for both men and women bring great shame, incest is easily hidden, seldom discussed, and rarely reported to authorities. Through gripping, emotional narrative, González-López brings the deeply troubling, hidden, and unspoken issues of incest and sexual violence in Mexican families to light.González-López contends that family and cultural structures in Mexican life enable incest and the culture of silence that surrounds it. She examines the strong bonds of familial obligation between parents and children, brothers and sisters, and elders and youth that, in the case of incest, can morph into sexual obligation; the codes of honor and shame reinforced by tradition and the Church, discouraging openness about sexual violence and trauma; the double standards of morality and stereotypes about sexuality that leave girls and women and gender nonconforming boys and men especially vulnerable to sexual abuse. Together, these cultural factors create a perfect storm for generations upon generations of unspoken incest, a cycle that takes great courage and strength to heal from and overcome. A riveting account, Family Secrets turns a feminist and sociological lens on a disturbing trend that has gone unnoticed for far too long.
Contents:
Frontmatter
Contents
Acknowledgments / Con profunda gratitud
1. En familia: Sex, Incest, and Violence in Mexican Families
2. Conjugal Daughters and Marital Servants: The Sexual Functions of Daughters in Incestuous Families
3. A la prima se le arrima: Sisters and Primas
4. Nieces and Their Uncles
5. Men's Life Stories
6. Toward a Feminist Sociology of Incest in Mexico
Appendix A. Study Participants
Appendix B. Methodological Considerations
Appendix C. Incest in 32 Mexican State Penal Codes
Appendix D. Uncle-Niece Cases
Notes
References
Index
About the Author
Notes:
Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 23. Jul 2020)
Contributor:
De Gruyter.
ISBN:
9781479821402
Publisher Number:
10.18574/9781479821402 doi
Access Restriction:
Restricted for use by site license.