"e;My breasts stopped growing when my grandfather touched them,"e; confides 'Elisa', a young woman who recounts the traumatic incest and sexual abuse she experienced in childhood. In Family Secrets, Gloria Gonzalez-Lopez 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, Gonzalez-Lopez brings the deeply troubling, hidden, and unspoken issues of incest and sexual violence in Mexican families to light. Gonzalez-Lopez 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.
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Gonzalez-Lopez is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Texas
at Austin. She is the author of Erotic
Journeys: Mexican Immigrants and Their Sex Lives (2005) and co-editor of Bridging: How Gloria Anzaldua's Life and
Work Transformed Our Own (2011). Born and educated through her
undergraduate years in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, she received her PhD in
Sociology from the University of Southern California in 2000.
- 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
- About the Author
"A powerfully thought-provoking and courageous work that carries reverberations for understanding how incest and sexual violence within the family impact greater community and societal violence. After reading this work, the reader will never be the same."-American Journal of Sociology "I have never read a more powerful, highly original, sophisticated, and brave book as Family Secrets. It is an absolutely wonderful and truly riveting ethnographic study that will forever change the way look at gender and sexuality among Mexican-origin populations. Written with enormous compassion and intelligence, it is destined to become the most highly-acclaimed and path-breaking contribution to Latino/a sexuality research to date."-Tomas Almaguer,author of Racial Fault Lines: The Historical Origins of White Supremacy in California "Family Secrets resonates with authenticity, and makes us look deep within ourselves and our sanitized domestic histories to recover the forgotten whispers about `black sheep' that lurk in the recesses of memory in virtually every family, everywhere." -New York Journal of Books "A sensitive,ethical, humane, yet deeply sociological and intellectually robust analysis ofa very delicate subject matter. Gloria Gonzalez-Lopez criticizes, debunks,sheds new light, and does so with an immense humanity. Her approach has truepotential for bringing attention to this issue with an eye for real change."-Cecilia Menjivar,author of Enduring Violence: Ladina Women's Lives in Guatemala "Groundbreaking and revealing, this book offers a critical feministexamination of the social and cultural mechanisms that create the causes andconditions of incest and sexual violence in the family, complex realitiesexisting in Mexican society. Besides unmasking a patriarchal taboo andanalyzing it in depth, this moving, incisive, and thought-provoking book bringsto light the human resiliency, puts forward the possibility of renewed socialcontracts and laws promoting the integrity, dignity, freedom, and safety ofwomen, girls and boys, and other populations at risk, and calls for the defenseand respect of their most basic human rights."-Marcela Lagarde y de los Rios,author of Los cautiverios de las mujeres: madresposas, monjas, putas, presas y locas
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