The aesthetics of healing and love

An epistemic genealogy of jota/o aesthetic traditions 1

Authored by: William A. Calvo-Quirós

Routledge Handbook of Chicana/o Studies

Print publication date:  August  2018
Online publication date:  August  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138847873
eBook ISBN: 9781315726366
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Aesthetics has been an essential part of discourses of control and of the policing of queerness or jotería. Nevertheless, aesthetics has also been crucial in the emancipation, self-valorization, and self-determination processes of Latina/o queers, jota/as, tortilleras (tortilla makers), maricones (“faggots”), and mariposas (butterflies) – all variations of queerness. It is not only our sexual desires and fantasies that make jota/os unique and disturb others but also the manner in which we approach and customize spaces: in other words, how we “mariconize” the world around us. Therefore, we must ask: How does this process take place? What are some of the maricón or jota/o aesthetic approaches that emerge from our unique experiences?

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