Mucho Macho: Seduction, Desire, and the Homoerotic Lives of Latin Men

Mucho Macho: Seduction, Desire, and the Homoerotic Lives of Latin Men

by Chris Girman

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Quality research—uniquely enhanced by the author’s personal experience!

In one of the first books to examine machismo from the perspective of Latin American and Latino men, Chris Girman relies on a compelling combination of ethnographic research and personal experience to explain how macho men—men like the author himself—regulate and sustain same-sex erotic encounters. Girman incorporates his own sexual experiences with a variety of Latin men into the book, infusing his writing with the unique perspective and vivid description that can only be related by someone who has lived the research he writes about.

While most of the literature on Latin American male same-sex desire ignores the significance of the male body in its investigation, this book shows why it is essential to focus on the macho male body and re-evaluates so-called “machismo” to forge a more nuanced description of Latin American masculinity. Girman incorporates his own sexual experiences with a variety of Latin American men into the book, infusing his writing with the unique perspective and vivid descriptions that can only be related by someone who has lived the research he writes about.

With this book, you’ll become familiar with various kinds of Latin-American homosexual behavior. Here’s a glimpse at what you’ll find inside:
  • “Machismo, Practice Theorists, and Macho Performance” summarizes previous research on Latin American male [homo]sexuality and defines the author’s concept of machismo and Latin American masculinity.

  • “Head, Hands, Balls, and Ass” shows why focusing on the body as living matter, rather than metaphor (as is done in so many other books on sexuality), is the ideal point of entry into the study of Latin American male [homo]sexuality and masculinity. This chapter focuses on specific regions of the macho body—head, hands, balls, and ass—to explain how machismo actually promotes, rather than denies, sexual encounters between men. It also shows the importance of the Latin American family as a variable that structures the manner and frequency in which [homo]sexual encounters occur.

  • “The Dominican Tíguere and Hegemonic Masculinities” takes a specific look at a very peculiar form of hegemonic masculinity—relying on cunning more than strength to “come out on top”—that is indigenous to the Dominican Republic. This chapter also tells the stories of five of the author’s sexual encounters in that nation and discusses the tiguere style of masculine performance.

  • “Desire in a Costa Rican Prison” analyzes the ways in which desire, power, and pleasure are constituted in the Latin American prison environment.

  • “Historical Representations of Same-Sex Desire” examines two short stories—El Matadero (Esteban Echeverria) and Comienza el Desfile (Reinaldo Arenas), which highlight male eroticism as important concepts within discourses on national identity. Both stories conceptualize same-sex desire within specific historical moments and demonstrate how male [homo]sexuality emerges and represents itself not in contrast to the dominant discourse, but within that discourse itself.

  • “Familiar, Familial Voices: Latino Men Speak Out” documents the voices of “gay-identified” Latino men living in Central Texas—men who have come to love other Latin, Black, and Anglo men in the context of very full lives. These men reveal their conceptions of identity, race, performance, resistance, family, pleasure, desire, masculinity, silence, and place.

  • “Performing Matter[s]-Masculinity, the Male Body, and the Evocation of the [non]real” defies the notion that written representations can capture the lived realities of

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781317766032
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 12/16/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 436
File size: 1 MB

Table of Contents

  • Foreword (Robert A. Fernea)
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • Is Latin America a Coherent Entity?
  • Marking My Position
  • Orientation
  • Some Caveats
  • Chapter 1. Machismo and Macho Performance
  • Male [Homo]Sexual Encounters in Latin America
  • Deconstructing Machismo
  • Uniting System and Self: From Habitus to Performance
  • Queer Performativity
  • Conclusion
  • Chapter 2. Head, Hands, Balls, and Ass
  • From a Theory of the Body to the Body As Theory
  • The Macho Body
  • Structural and Psychological Variables
  • Conclusion
  • Chapter 3. The Dominican Tíguere and Hegemonic Masculinities
  • Introduction
  • El Tíguere
  • Tígueres, Conejos, y Patos [Tigers, Rabbits, and Ducks]: Dominican Tíguere Sexuality
  • The Kid, the Cop, the Thief, and My Lover: Five Stories
  • Conclusion
  • Chapter 4. Desire in a Costa Rican Prison
  • Introduction
  • Junior
  • Hegemonic Masculinity in San Sabastián
  • Phallocentrism and Desire
  • Pleasure
  • Desire As Identification
  • Cacherismo and Resistance/Alternative Discourses
  • Conclusion
  • Chapter 5. Historical Representations of Same-Sex Desire in Esteban Echeverría’s “El Matadero” and Reinaldo Arenas’s “Comienza el Desfile”
  • Introduction
  • Los Hermanos Sodomitas: Masculinity and [Homo]eroticism in Echeverría’s “El Matadero”
  • La Busqueda del Huerfano: Disenchantment and [Homo]eroticism in Arenas’s “Comienza el Desfile”
  • A Carnivalesque Critique
  • Chapter 6. Familiar, Familial Voices: Latino Men Speak Out
  • Introduction
  • Forming the Chicano Other
  • Speaking of Family
  • Masculine Assumption[s]
  • Conclusion
  • Chapter 7. Performing Matter[s]: Masculinities, the Male Body, and the Evocation of the [Not] Real
  • Introduction
  • Performative Writing
  • The Male Body
  • Emergent Ethnography and the Emergence of the Body
  • Toward a Performative Ethnography
  • Desde Santo Domingo hasta San Antonio: Putting My Own Body on the Line
  • Conclusion
  • The Final Act: Why It All Matters
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index

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Mucho Macho: Seduction, Desire, and the Homoerotic Lives of Latin Men 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
allison.sivak on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was intrigued by Girman's deeply personal journal excerpts combined with his theoretical analysis. I found this book a great pleasure to read; the author's approach took personal experience and transformed it using theory, which I have never read before.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Excellent read. Girman captures the motivation for machismo we see in the stereotypical hispanic male. This book goes behind the stigma of latin homosexuality and the generalized behaviors of straight hispanic men. What I personally enjoyed about this book is that although Girman tries to explain this society, he does not focus too closely on any one idea as the all encompassing answer. Throughout the book, we are introduced to many alternative theories and thoughts on the subject. The personal excerpts from Girman's journal give it a non-textbook feel and present a feeling of closeness with a 'character'. These excerpts occur in places where the reading might get heavy or involved, allowing the reader to 'take a break' from some more difficult ideas and momentarily focus on this character. We are allowed a glimpse into Girman's home, life, and work. Awesome book for those who have never been introduced to the topic, as well as those who have studied sexuality in depth.