Subjective processes of sexuality and citizenship in Mexico: Gender and the authorization of desire

Special Issue Article

DOI: 10.1525/srsp.2007.4.3.6

Cite this article as:
Amuchástegui, A. Sex Res Soc Policy (2007) 4: 6. doi:10.1525/srsp.2007.4.3.6


For the last 20 years, Mexican society has undergone an intense process of democratization, resulting in the growth of a sense of political, social, and even cultural citizenship. Whereas the promotion, protection, and fulfillment of political rights enjoy the endorsement of practically all social groups and institutions, notions of rights related to bodies and their pleasures—what might be called sexual citizenship— are still a matter for intense debate and political struggle. Drawing from a body of research on the social construction of sexuality in different parts of Mexico, this article explores cultural and social practices related to the authorization of sexual desires and pleasures—practices that contribute to a sense of sexual citizenship. The author argues that such subjective processes of authorization of sexual desire are marked and made difficult by heteronormative institutions—such as conjugal duty and notions of male sexuality—as experienced by particular men and women.

Key words

sexual citizenship Mexican society sexual rights heteronormativity conjugal duty 

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© Springer 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Depto. de Educación y ComunicaciónUniversidad Autónoma Metropolitana-XochimilcoMéxicoMexico

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