Download e-book for iPad: Family Secrets: Stories of Incest and Sexual Violence in by Gloria González-López

“My breasts stopped growing to be whilst my grandfather touched them,” confides ‘Elisa’, a tender girl who recounts the demanding incest and sexual abuse she skilled in youth. In Family Secrets, Gloria González-López tells the lifestyles tales of 60 women and men in Mexico who, like Elisa, observed their lives irrevocably replaced within the wake of early life and adolescent incest. In Mexico, a patriarchal, non secular society the place girls are anticipated to make themselves sexually on hand to males and the place same-sex studies for either women and men convey nice disgrace, incest is definitely hidden, seldom mentioned, and infrequently said to professionals. via gripping, emotional narrative, González-López brings the deeply troubling, hidden, and unstated problems with incest and sexual violence in Mexican households to light.
 
González-López contends that relatives and cultural constructions in Mexican existence permit incest and the tradition of silence that surrounds it. She examines the robust bonds of familial legal responsibility among mom and dad and youngsters, brothers and sisters, and elders and formative years that, on the subject of incest, can morph into sexual legal responsibility; the codes of honor and disgrace strengthened by means of culture and the Church, discouraging openness approximately sexual violence and trauma; the double criteria of morality and stereotypes approximately sexuality that go away women and girls and gender nonconforming boys and males specifically at risk of sexual abuse. jointly, those cultural components create an ideal hurricane for generations upon generations of unstated incest, a cycle that takes nice braveness and power to heal from and triumph over. A riveting account, Family secrets and techniques turns a feminist and sociological lens on a nerve-racking development that has long gone disregarded for much too long.

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