13 de Diciembre: Imágenes inolvidables
For the next few weeks, I will be struggling to finish some end-of-the-year work and may not be posting regularly to the blog. In lieu of commentary on gender in Bolivia, I’d like to offer some images from La Paz and El Alto to stimulate reflection on women, gender, and sexuality in the region. I welcome your comments and questions. Felices fiestas y próspero año nuevo a todas y a todos.
“The frigid woman does not exist. It is all a question of ‘bad tongues.'” (“Malas lenguas” is a way to refer to people who gossip. And yet there seems to be a pun here…)
“To prevent is a pleasure.” This little guy–actually about 30ft. tall–attends a busy public feria on La Paz’s “Prado” every Sunday between about June and September, during the city’s dry months. In a country where timidez and conservative cultural mores can make it difficult for couples to discuss birth control and STI prevention, an unmissable condom may get the conversation going.
“Deposit discrimination here.” And below, “Know how to value–We women can do it.” Somewhat puzzling… At the local zoo, a garbage can takes a stand for women’s rights.
Roughly, “start kissing,” or “get to kissing.” It is not surprising that the couple is seated on what appears to be a public bench. Since many people in Bolivia continue to live with their parents into their 20s and 30s, couples often take to the public parks and plazas to make out.
“The right to abortion–legal, freely, and without cost. Bread and Roses.” For more information, visit: http://panyrosas-bolivia.blogspot.com/