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Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780520225619

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520225619.001.0001

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De madres a hijas

De madres a hijas

Gendered Lessons on Virginity across Generations of Mexican Immigrant Women

(p.216) (p.217) Chapter 11 De madres a hijas
Gender and U.S. Immigration

Gloria González-López

University of California Press

This chapter proposes a bridging of the immigration and gender and sexuality fields in order to carefully study the fluid sexual reinventions that are created by mexicanas in the United States. It proposes an idea that is based on recent scholarship on the interrelated dynamics of migration, gender, and sexuality. The discussion studies the things Mexican immigrant women teach their daughters about sexuality, most especially about premarital virginity. It uses data from in-depth interviews with Mexican immigrant women located in Los Angeles, and tries to determine how Mexican women give sex education for their daughters. The chapter also suggests that the moral standards of Catholicism are only part influencing the ideas of the mexicanas on virginity.

Keywords:   immigration, gender and sexuality, sexual reinventions, mexicanas, premarital virginity, sex education, moral standards, Catholicism

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