Presentation Title

Muxes in América: An Analysis on the Effects of Migration on Gender Expression in Indigenous Zapotec Culture

Faculty Mentor

Gustavo Geirola

Start Date

17-11-2018 10:30 AM

End Date

17-11-2018 10:45 AM

Location

C158

Session

Oral 2

Type of Presentation

Oral Talk

Subject Area

behavioral_social_sciences

Abstract

Neither woman nor man, Muxes create a third gender identity within the indigenous Zapotec culture of the Juchitán peninsula in Oaxaca, México. This project will contribute and draw from authors that explore the complexities of Muxes in English and Spanish articles. Moreover, this project combines ethnic, migration, and queer studies, to explore the phenomena of Muxes. Overall, this project will attempt to answer the question “Does migration from Oaxaca, México to California have an effect on the gender identity of Muxes?” Through going to velas ­– elaborate gatherings hosted by Muxes – I will be conducting at least 10 interviews, using snowball sampling, with Muxes from the Los Angeles area. Based on preliminary findings, Muxes in the US are categorized based on US LGBTQI+ identities, prominently as trans womxn or gay men. This is an oversimplification of their identity because they cannot be categorized based on dichotomies between men and women, as they are neither.

Keywords: Muxe, Juchitán, migration, queer, Mexico, LGBT

Summary of research results to be presented

Based on publications by well-known news outlets, Muxes in the US are categorized based on US LGBTQI+ identities, prominently as trans womxn or gay men. This is an oversimplification of their identity because they cannot be categorized based on dichotomies between men and women, as they are neither.

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Muxes in América: An Analysis on the Effects of Migration on Gender Expression in Indigenous Zapotec Culture

C158

Neither woman nor man, Muxes create a third gender identity within the indigenous Zapotec culture of the Juchitán peninsula in Oaxaca, México. This project will contribute and draw from authors that explore the complexities of Muxes in English and Spanish articles. Moreover, this project combines ethnic, migration, and queer studies, to explore the phenomena of Muxes. Overall, this project will attempt to answer the question “Does migration from Oaxaca, México to California have an effect on the gender identity of Muxes?” Through going to velas ­– elaborate gatherings hosted by Muxes – I will be conducting at least 10 interviews, using snowball sampling, with Muxes from the Los Angeles area. Based on preliminary findings, Muxes in the US are categorized based on US LGBTQI+ identities, prominently as trans womxn or gay men. This is an oversimplification of their identity because they cannot be categorized based on dichotomies between men and women, as they are neither.

Keywords: Muxe, Juchitán, migration, queer, Mexico, LGBT