The Night is Young: Sexuality in Mexico in the Time of AIDS (Worlds of Desire: The Chicago Series on Sexuality, Gender, and Culture)

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The Night Is Young takes us past the stereotypes of macho hombres and dark-eyed señoritas to reveal the complex nature of sexuality in modern-day Mexico. Drawing on field research conducted in Guadalajara, Mexico's second-largest city, Héctor Carrillo shows how modernization, globalization, and other social changes have affected a wide range of hetero- and homosexual practices and identities.

Carrillo finds that young Mexicans today grapple in a variety of ways with two competing tendencies. On the one hand, many seek to challenge traditional ideas and values they find limiting. But they also want to maintain a sense of Mexico's cultural distinctiveness, especially in relation to the United States. For example, while Mexicans are well aware of the dangers of unprotected sex, they may also prize the surrender to sexual passion, even in casual sexual encounters—an attitude which stems from the strong values placed on collective life, spontaneity, and an openness toward intimacy. Because these expectations contrast sharply with messages about individuality, planning, and overt negotiation commonly promoted in global public health efforts, Carrillo argues that they demand a new approach to AIDS prevention education in Mexico.

A Mexican native, Carrillo has written an exceptionally insightful and accessible study of the relations among sexuality, social change, and AIDS prevention in Mexico. Anyone concerned with the changing place of sexuality in a modern and increasingly globalized world will profit greatly from The Night Is Young.

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Héctor Carrillo is a researcher at the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies at the University of California, San Francisco, and the Center for Community Research of the Institute on Sexuality, Inequality, and Health at San Francisco State University.

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Carrillo, a researcher for the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies at UC-San Francisco, studies changing patterns of sexual identity and sexual practices in Mexican society, carefully elucidating a wide range of gender and sexual arrangements that affect AIDS planning and education there. A man's sexual identity, for instance, is often determined by his being the active or passive partner rather then by traditionally named categories of "homosexual" and "heterosexual." While the common view of a bisexual identity is "overwhelmingly negative," people who sleep with members of their own sex but whose primary identity is heterosexual are seemingly not judged harshly. Using an ethnographic model, Carrillo observes and documents his Guadalajara subjects' physical, emotional and psychological responses to the increasing AIDS epidemic in the early 1990s. The traditional view of the "good" and "bad" woman in Mexican culture, the role of "passion" and a complex culture of machismo all affect how AIDS is perceived and how safe-sex education has been shaped in Mexico.
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