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Puta life, seeing Latinas, working sex, Juana María Rodríguez

"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
Table Of 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 -- Toward a conclusion that does not die or a subject that is allowed to live
Literary Form
non fiction
First edition
Physical Description
1 online resource (xiii, 272 pages), illustrations, maps
Specific Material Designation
Form Of Item

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