Respect Yourself, Protect Yourself
Latina Girls and Sexual Identity
Publication Year: 2012
Published by: NYU Press
I am deeply grateful to the young Latinas and mothers who participated in this study. This book would not have been possible without their willingness to share very personal aspects of their lives. I hope that I have done some justice to their words and experiences. I am also very appreciative of the Chicago community organizations...
1. Introduction: Studying the “Other” Girls
I walked eighteen-year-old Alicia to the reception area of the Chi-Town Health Teen Center after we wrapped up our first interview. I had met the high school senior two weeks earlier when she came in for an appointment to obtain birth control pills. We chatted about our weekend plans as we made our way toward the door...
2. “She’s Old School Like That”: Mother and Daughter Sex Talks
I was wrapping up my first interview with Carmen, the mother of seventeenyear- old Minerva, when Carmen’s sister unexpectedly stopped by for a visit on her way home from running errands. Carmen introduced us, reminding her sister that I was doing interviews with Latina girls and their mothers. Taking off her winter hat and gloves as...
3. The Sexual (Mis)Education of Latina Girls
For our first scheduled interview, I met Samantha, who had characterized her mother as “old-school Puerto Rican,” at Centro Adelante, where she was organizing poster-size diagrams for a presentation she was preparing on safe sex.1 The professionally printed diagrams illustrated female and male reproductive organs and different...
4. “Handlin’ Your Business”: Sexual Respectability and Peers
The cool air inside Las Palmitas, a small Latino-owned grocery store in the West Town community, offered us a welcome relief from the muggy weather outside. Hearing the bell attached to the door jingle, a middleaged Latino man near the register looked up from the newspaper he was reading to greet us. Centro Adelante youth often strolled to Las Palmitas, only a couple blocks away, to buy...
5. Playing Lil’ Games: Partners and Safe-Sex Strategies
Stephanie was an hour late for our second scheduled interview. As I waited for her in the lobby of Hogar del Pueblo, I began to worry that she had changed her mind about participating in the study after our initial interview. I checked my cell phone again to make sure I had not missed her call and decided to head home. As...
As winter gave way to spring in April 2004, the energy level among the young people at Hogar del Pueblo picked up in anticipation of not only warmer days but also the upcoming graduation, prom, and other end-of-the-school year celebrations. During a two-week period that month, Stephanie, who had tracked down emergency contraception...
Appendix A: Profile of Research Participants
Appendix B: Methodological Notes
About the Author
Page Count: 240
Publication Year: 2012
OCLC Number: 811147326
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