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Erotic Journeys is a fascinating, revealing, and respectful examination of the romantic relationships and sex lives of the fastest-growing minority group in the nation.
In a series of in-depth interviews, Gloria González-López investigates the ways in which sixty heterosexual Mexican women and men living in Los Angeles reinvent their sex lives as part of their immigration and settlement experiences. Defying a broad spectrum of preconceived notions, these immigrants confirm in their vivid narratives that sexuality—far from being culturally determined—is fluid and complex.
González-López explains that these Mexicans enter the United States with particular sexual ideologies and practices that, while diverse, are regulated by family ethics and regional patriarchies. After migration, a range of factors—including employment, the risks and dangers of resettlement, social networking with other immigrants, and the new demands of a fast-paced industrialized metropolis—begin to transform the immigrants' intimate lives in deep and unexpected ways. The remarkably candid interviews show that these men and women are skillful negotiating agents of their own sexuality. The author's incisive analysis of their narratives sets the stage for a nuanced and compelling understanding of this complex topic and its many social implications.
1. Twice Forgotten: The Sex Lives of Heterosexual Mexicans in the United States
2. Beyond the Hymen: Women, Virginity, and Sex
3. Pleasurable Dangers, Dangerous Pleasures: Men and Their First Sexual Experience
4. Sex Is a Family Affair: Nurturing and Regulating Sexuality
5. Sex and the Immigrant Communities: Risky Opportunities, Opportune Risks
6. Sexual Discourses and Cultures in the Barrio: Networking
7. Sexual Bargains: Work, Money, and Power
8. Gendered Tapestries: Sexuality Threads of Migrant Sexualities
Appendix A. Study Participants Appendix B. Methodological Considerations Notes References