The Striking Muxe: Mexico's Third Gender

  • metta

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    Mar 11, 2014 10:59 PM GMT
    The Striking Muxe: Mexico's Third Gender


    "Like their Two-Spirit sisters in North America, the muxes are an integral part of Zapotec culture, revered, not reviled. And like other third gender people, muxes are not gay. Some take male lovers, others take wives. And they’re not transgender. They are distinct. Nor do all muxes work solely as women. Many take more “manly” career tracks: one muxe, Amaranta Gómez Regalado, ran for Mexico’s congress in 2003. And despite the popular description, not all muxes dress as women. Those are just the vestidas. There are also pintadas, the less common muxes who wear men’s clothing and makeup. And both come together each year for the muxes’ annual pageant, the four-day long La Vela de las Auténticas Intrépidas Buscadoras del Peligró, which translates to “The Celebration of the Bold Seekers of Danger.”
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    Mar 12, 2014 2:58 AM GMT
    Pre-Columbian culture, particularly in regards to the "third" or "other" sex, is fascinating.

    Although I am a quarter Spanish/Spaniard and have family in Spain, it amazes me at times just how much the Spaniards and other Europeans "swept" things like this under the rug.