How Puerto Rican Lesbians Deal With Their Gender, Sexuality, And Ethnonationality, Living
877 WordsSep 14, 20154 Pages
Asencio’s study tries to understand how Puerto Rican lesbians deal with their gender, sexuality, and ethnonationality, living in another country. The study focus on the experience of migrant Porto Rican lesbians regarding their multiple identities as women, lesbians, Porto Ricans, and migrants, the complexities of the issues and the strategies employed to survive, and the relationship among gender, sexuality. Ethnonationality, migration, and geographical location. The author reinforces that there is almost none study about lesbians Latinas, and she points out that the experience of those women could contribute to social science with the understanding of gender, race, culture, sexuality, and issues of multiple identities and oppressions.
Asencio (2009) says, “The majority of these women had to negotiate identities in such a way that only one identity could exist or flourish in a given situation”. Their identities were fragmented accordingly to the situation they had to face. Sometimes being a lesbian prevail on being a Porto Rican, and vice-versa. Porto Rico is a patriarchal society, with that being said it is easy to understand that as being Porto Rican women they had to grow up seeing themselves as different from the males, because women had different roles in society than men, and that has huge influence on their gender identities. The women often emphasizes the lack of freedom in being what they wanted to be.
The next realization of theirs identities was the sense and