Latinas and Latinos, Sexuality, and Society: A Critical Sociological Perspective

  • Gloria González-López
  • Salvador Vidal-Ortiz

What happens when we put Latinas, Latinos, and sexuality together? What if we add “society” to this complex interaction? As we inquire about Latinas, Latinos, sexuality, and society as mutually connected, what kind of processes emerge as we unpack them? This chapter examines the issues and concerns that surface as we explore some sociological answers to these questions. We offer (1) a critical analysis of the limited yet gradually flourishing area of theorizing and research on Latina/o sexuality in sociology, (2) a sociological examination of the state of the art of sexuality research with U.S. Latina and Latino populations2 across disciplines, and (3) our reflections with regard to some of the implications for future research in sociology of sexualities with these social groups. Our own personal histories and subjectivities are both diverse and unique; yet, they are unrepresentative of the populations commonly identified as Latinas and Latinos in the social sciences. The first author was born and raised in northern Mexico and migrated to the U.S. Southwest in her mid-twenties; the second author was born and raised in Puerto Rico and has lived in the United States since 1994.


Sexual Harassment Sexuality Research Latino Population Lesbian Woman Latina Woman 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gloria González-López
    • 1
  • Salvador Vidal-Ortiz
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of SociologyThe University of Texas at AustinAustinUSA
  2. 2.American UniversityWashingtonUSA

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