Gender and Sexuality

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Friday, May 28, 2021 - 11:00am to 12:30pm

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Pathways of Desirebrings us into the lives of Mexican gay men who have left their home country to pursue greatersexualautonomy andsexualfreedom in the United States.The groundbreaking ethnographic study brings our attention to the full arc ofthese men’smigration experiences, from their upbringing in Mexican cities and towns,to their cross-border journeys,to their incorporation into urban gay communities in American cities, andtheir sexual and romantic relationships with American men.These men’sdiverse and fascinatingstoriesdemonstrate the intertwiningofsexual, economic, and familial motivations for migration.Further, Carrillo challengesthe view that gay men from countries like Mexico would logically want to migrate to a “more sexually enlightened” country like the United States—a limitingunderstanding.Pathways of Desirealso explainsthepatterns ofcross-cultural interaction thatsexual migrationgenerates, documenting howcross-cultural sexual and romantic relationsmay also affectsexualhealth

Héctor Carrillo; Professor of Sociology and Gender & Sexuality Studies, Northwestern University

Pathways of Desire: The Sexual Migration of Mexican Gay Men