Carnival : Male Homosexuality in Twentieth-Century Brazil (Worlds
of Desire: The Chicago Series on Sexuality, Gender, and Culture) by
James Naylor Green
For many foreign observers, Brazil still conjures up a
collage of exotic images, ranging from the camp antics of Carmen Miranda
to the bronzed girl (or boy) from Ipanema moving sensually over the
white sands of Rio's beaches. Among these tropical fantasies is that of
the uninhibited and licentious Brazilian homosexual, who expresses
uncontrolled sexuality during wild Carnival festivities and is welcomed
by a society that accepts fluid sexual identity. However, in Beyond
Carnival, the first sweeping cultural history of male homosexuality
in Brazil, James Green shatters these exotic myths and replaces them
with a complex picture of the social obstacles that confront Brazilian
Ranging from the late nineteenth century to the rise
of a politicized gay and lesbian rights movement in the 1970s, Green's
study focuses on male homosexual subcultures in Rio de Janeiro and Sao
Paulo. He uncovers the stories of men coping with arrests and street
violence, dealing with family restrictions, and resisting both a hostile
medical profession and moralizing influences of the Church. Green also
describes how these men have created vibrant subcultures with
alternative support networks for maintaining romantic and sexual
relationships and for surviving in an intolerant social environment. He
then goes on to trace how urban parks, plazas, cinemas, and beaches are
appropriated for same-sex erotic encounters, bringing us into the world
of street cruising, male hustlers, and cross-dressing prostitutes.
Through his creative use of police and medical
records, newspapers, literature, newsletters, and extensive interviews,
Green has woven a fascinating history, the first of its kind for Latin
America, that will set the standard for future works.
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