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Author Rodríguez, Juana María, author.

Title Puta life : seeing Latinas, working sex / Juana María Rodríguez
Published Durham : Duke University Press, 2023
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Description 1 online resource (xiii, 271 pages) : illustrations (chiefly color)
Series Dissident acts
Dissident acts.
Contents Women in public : biopolitics, portraiture, and poetics -- Colonial echoes and aesthetic allure : tracking the genres of puta life -- Carnal knowledge, interpretive practices : authorizing Vanessa del Rio -- Touching alterity : the women of Casa Xochiquetzal -- Seeing, sensing, feeling : Adela Vázquez's amazing past -- Epilogue: Toward a conclusion that does not die or a subject that is allowed to live
Summary "In Puta Life, Juana María Rodríguez probes the ways that sexual labor and Latina sexuality become visual phenomena. Drawing on state archives, illustrated biographies, documentary films, photojournalistic essays, graphic novels, and digital spaces, she focuses on the figure of the puta-the whore, that phantasmatic figure of Latinized feminine excess. Rodríguez's eclectic archive features the faces and stories of women whose lives have been mediated by the stigma and criminalization surrounding sex work-washerwomen and masked wrestlers, porn stars and sexiles. Rodríguez examines how visual tropes of racial and sexual deviance expose feminine subjects to misogyny and violence, attuning our gaze to how visual documentation shapes perceptions of sexual labor. Throughout this poignant and personal text, Rodríguez invokes the language of affect and aesthetics to bear upon understandings of gender, age, race, sexuality, labor, disability, and migration. Highlighting the criminalization and stigmatization that surrounds sex work, she lingers on those traces of felt possibility that might inspire more ethical forms of relation and care"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on February 09, 2023)
Subject Feminist theory.
Hispanic American women in mass media.
Prostitutes -- Public opinion
Sex workers in mass media.
Women in mass media.
Feminist theory.
Hispanic American women in mass media.
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Feminism & Feminist Theory.
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Sexuality (see also PSYCHOLOGY / Human Sexuality)
Sex workers in mass media.
Women in mass media.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2022039257
ISBN 1478024119