Tortilleras Negotiating Intimacy: Love, Friendship, and Sex in Queer Mexico City (Paperback)
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Tortilleras Negotiating Intimacy: Love, Friendship, and Sex in Queer Mexico City is the first ethnography in English to focus primarily on women’s sexual and intimate cultures in Mexico. The book shows the transformation of intimacy in the lives of three generations of women in queer spaces in contemporary Mexico City, as their sexual citizenship changes, including references to same-sex marriage and anti-discrimination laws. The book shows how these individuals reconfigure relationships through marriage, polyamory, friendship, and sex. Tortilleras Negotiating Intimacy suggests that “new” intimate cartographies are emerging in Mexico City, ultimately redefining relationships, gender, and mexicanidad. Building on ethnographic data collected over the past decade, including forty-five in-depth interviews with women between the ages of twenty-two and sixty-five participating in LGBT spaces, Tortilleras Negotiating Intimacy shows how lesbian women (mainly cis, but some trans) negotiate friendship, same-sex marriage, polyamory, and sexual practices, reinventing love, eroticism, friendship, and ultimately the social organization of Latin American societies.
About the Author
Anahi Russo Garrido is an assistant professor of gender, women's, and sexuality studies at Metropolitan State University in Denver, Colorado.
“Well researched, carefully written, and highly original, Tortilleras Negotiating Intimacy is a transformative ethnographic exploration of women’s sexuality in Mexico City. This truly pioneering, sorely needed book privileges social relations above static conceptions of identity, highlighting lesbian, bisexual, pansexual, and polyamorous experiences in el ambiente. It is a key contribution to queer, women’s, and Latin American studies.”
— Lawrence La Fountain-Stokes
"This rich and thoroughly captivating ethnography challenges US centered discourse on sexual cultures to explore how diverse sexual and affective practices such as polyamory, non-monogamy, casual hook-ups, and queer domesticity have been imagined and lived among different generations of queer Latinas in Mexico City. Through sustained interviews that are by turn candid and illuminating, humorous and tender, Russo Garrido’s text highlights how radical forms of friendship, love, community, and intimacy might function as world making practices of self and collective care."
— Juana María Rodríguez
"An in-depth exploration into the changes in women’s sexualities in Latinx cultures, the volume examines marriage, polyamory, queerness, gender, love and friendship."
— Ms. Magazine