After Love: Queer Intimacy and Erotic Economies in Post-Soviet Cuba

By | November 18, 2017
After Love: Queer Intimacy and Erotic Economies in Post-Soviet Cuba Author Noelle M. Stout
ISBN-10 0822356856
ISBN-13 9780822356851
Year 2014-04-25
Pages 248
Language English
Publisher Duke University Press Books
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Focused on the intimate effects of large scale economic transformations After Love illuminates the ways that everyday efforts to imagine resist and enact market reforms shape sexual desires and subjectivities Anthropologist Noelle M Stout arrived in Havana in 2002 to study the widely publicized emergence of gay tolerance in Cuba but discovered that the sex trade was dominating everyday discussions among gays lesbians and travestis Largely eradicated after the Revolution sex work including same sex prostitution exploded in Havana when the island was opened to foreign tourism in the early 1990s The booming sex trade led to unprecedented encounters between Cuban gays and lesbians and straight male sex workers and foreign tourists As many gay Cuban men in their thirties and forties abandoned relationships with other gay men in favor of intimacies with straight male sex workers these bonds complicated ideas about true love for queer Cubans at large From openly homophobic hustlers having sex with urban gays for room and board to lesbians disparaging sex workers but initiating relationships with foreign men for money to gay tourists espousing communist rhetoric while handing out Calvin Klein bikini briefs the shifting economic terrain raised fundamental questions about the boundaries between labor and love in late socialist Cuba

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