Sex in revolution : gender, politics, and power in modern Mexico / edited by Jocelyn Olcott, Mary Kay Vaughan, and Gabriela Cano ; foreword by Carlos Monsiváis.

Contributor(s): Olcott, Jocelyn, 1970- | Vaughan, Mary K, 1942- | Cano, GabrielaMaterial type: TextTextPublisher: Durham ; Duke University Press , 2006Description: x, 320 pages : illustrations ; 23 cmContent type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 082233884X; 9780822338840; 0822338998; 9780822338994Subject(s): Women -- Mexico -- History -- Congresses | Women -- Political activity -- Mexico -- History -- Congresses | Feminism -- Mexico -- History -- Congresses | Sex role -- Mexico -- History -- Congresses | Femmes -- Mexique -- Histoire -- Congrès | Femmes en politique -- Mexique -- Histoire -- Congrès | Féminisme -- Mexique -- Histoire -- Congrès | Rôle selon le sexe -- Mexique -- Histoire -- Congrès | Feminism | Sex role | Women | Women -- Political activity | Vrouwen | Activisme | Feminisme | Mexico | MexicoGenre/Form: Conference papers and proceedings. | History.Additional physical formats: Online version:: Sex in revolution.DDC classification: 305.420972/0904 LOC classification: HQ1462 | .S49 2006
Contents:
When gender can't be seen amid the symbols : women and the Mexican Revolution / Carlos Monsiváis -- Pancho Villa, the Daughters of Mary, and the modern woman : gender in the long Mexican Revolution / Mary Kay Vaughan -- Unconcealable realities of desire : Amelio Robles's (transgender) masculinity in the Mexican Revolution / Gabriela Cano -- The war on Las Pelonas : modern women and their enemies, Mexico City, 1924 / Anne Rubenstein -- Femininity, indigenismo, and nation : film representation by Emilio "El Indio" Fernández / Julia Tuñón -- "If love enslaves ... love be damned!" Divorce and revolutionary state formation in Yucatán / Stephanie Smith -- Gender, class, and anxiety at the Gabriela Mistral Vocational School, revolutionary Mexico City / Patience A. Schell -- Breaking and making families : adoption and public welfare, Mexico City, 1938-1942 / Ann S. Blum -- The struggle between the Metate and the Molinos de Nixtamal in Guadalajara, 1920-1940 / María Teresa Fernández-Aceves -- Gender, work, trade unionism, and working-class women's culture in post-revolutionary Veracruz / Heather Fowler-Salamini -- Working-class masculinity and the rationalized sex : gender and industrial modernization in the textile industry in postrevolutionary Puebla / Susan M. Gauss -- Gendering the faith and altering the nation : Mexican Catholic women's activism, 1917-1940 / Kristina A. Boylan -- The center cannot hold : women on Mexico's popular front / Jocelyn Olcott -- Epilogue : Rural women's grassroots activism, 1980-2000 : reframing the nation from below / Lynn Stephen -- Final reflections : gender, chaos, and authority in revolutionary times / Temma Kaplan.
Summary: Sex in Revolutino challenges the prevailing narratives of the Mexican Revolution and postrevolutionary state formation by placing women at center stage. Bringing to bear decades of feminist scholarship and cultural approaches to Mexican history, the essays in this book demonstrate how women seized opportunities created by modernization efforts and revolutionary upheaval to challenge conventions of sexuality, work, family life, religious practices, and civil rights. Concentrating on episodes and phenomena that occurred between 1915 and 1950, the contributors deftly render experiences ranging from those of a transgendered Zapatista soldier to upright damas católicas and Mexico City's chicas modernas pilloried by the press and male students. Women refashioned their lives by seeking relief from bad marriages through divorce courts and preparing for new employment opportunities through vocational education. Activists ranging from Catholics to Communists mobilized for political and social rights. Although forced to compromise in the face of fierce opposition, these women made an idelible imprint on postrevolutionary society. -- Back cover.
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Papers originally presented at a conference "Las Olvidadas: Gender and Women's History in Postrevolutionary Mexico," held at Yale University in May 2001.

Includes bibliographical references (pages 277-301) and index.

When gender can't be seen amid the symbols : women and the Mexican Revolution / Carlos Monsiváis -- Pancho Villa, the Daughters of Mary, and the modern woman : gender in the long Mexican Revolution / Mary Kay Vaughan -- Unconcealable realities of desire : Amelio Robles's (transgender) masculinity in the Mexican Revolution / Gabriela Cano -- The war on Las Pelonas : modern women and their enemies, Mexico City, 1924 / Anne Rubenstein -- Femininity, indigenismo, and nation : film representation by Emilio "El Indio" Fernández / Julia Tuñón -- "If love enslaves ... love be damned!" Divorce and revolutionary state formation in Yucatán / Stephanie Smith -- Gender, class, and anxiety at the Gabriela Mistral Vocational School, revolutionary Mexico City / Patience A. Schell -- Breaking and making families : adoption and public welfare, Mexico City, 1938-1942 / Ann S. Blum -- The struggle between the Metate and the Molinos de Nixtamal in Guadalajara, 1920-1940 / María Teresa Fernández-Aceves -- Gender, work, trade unionism, and working-class women's culture in post-revolutionary Veracruz / Heather Fowler-Salamini -- Working-class masculinity and the rationalized sex : gender and industrial modernization in the textile industry in postrevolutionary Puebla / Susan M. Gauss -- Gendering the faith and altering the nation : Mexican Catholic women's activism, 1917-1940 / Kristina A. Boylan -- The center cannot hold : women on Mexico's popular front / Jocelyn Olcott -- Epilogue : Rural women's grassroots activism, 1980-2000 : reframing the nation from below / Lynn Stephen -- Final reflections : gender, chaos, and authority in revolutionary times / Temma Kaplan.

Sex in Revolutino challenges the prevailing narratives of the Mexican Revolution and postrevolutionary state formation by placing women at center stage. Bringing to bear decades of feminist scholarship and cultural approaches to Mexican history, the essays in this book demonstrate how women seized opportunities created by modernization efforts and revolutionary upheaval to challenge conventions of sexuality, work, family life, religious practices, and civil rights. Concentrating on episodes and phenomena that occurred between 1915 and 1950, the contributors deftly render experiences ranging from those of a transgendered Zapatista soldier to upright damas católicas and Mexico City's chicas modernas pilloried by the press and male students. Women refashioned their lives by seeking relief from bad marriages through divorce courts and preparing for new employment opportunities through vocational education. Activists ranging from Catholics to Communists mobilized for political and social rights. Although forced to compromise in the face of fierce opposition, these women made an idelible imprint on postrevolutionary society. -- Back cover.

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Jocelyn Olcott is the Andrew W. Mellon Assistant Professor of History at Duke University. She is the author of Revolutionary Women in Postrevolutionary Mexic o, also published by Duke University Press.

Mary Kay Vaughan is Professor of History at the University of Maryland, College Park. Her books include Cultural Politics in Revolution: Teachers, Peasants, and Schools in Mexico, 1920-1940 and (with Stephen E. Lewis) T he Eagle and the Virgin: Nation and Cultural Revolution in Mexico, 1920-1940 , also published by Duke University Press.

Gabriela Cano is Professor of History at Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana in Mexico City. She is a coeditor of the multivolume Historia de las mujeres en España y América Latina .

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