A Mexican Feminist
|May 4th 1938 - June 19th 2010|
Okay so Carlos Monsiváis was more than just a self-proclaimed feminist. He was a writer, activist, and journalist. Aaand an openly gay man in a country where machismo reigns supreme! Especially in his youth.
I am Mexican but due to my father's job and my fondness for travel, I have lived most of my life outside of Mexico. And while I consider myself a feminist I never knew too much about the history of such a movement in my own country. Sad I know, but I am now less ignorant than I was before.
I received this book, Misogynist Feminist, as a gift from a female Mexican senator who heard that I was interested in writing a book with strong female characters. And I'm gonna name drop a bit here but her name is Ana Gabriela Guevara (former Olympian!).
I could only talk to her briefly but she was great and gave me her own copy of the book. She said she would buy another when she got back to Mexico.
Anyway, this book is a compilation of essays written by Carlos throughout his life. Many of which were published in the Mexican feminist magazine Debate Feminista.
The selection of essays included were chosen by a friend and colleague of his, Marta Lamas and it was published just last year in tribute to this amazing man.
His writing challenges and analyses the times and one essay in particular left such an impact on me that it will be the foundation for another post I will write later this month, so you can look forward to that.
I really hope that they will translate such a great book into more languages so more people can know who he was. Because not only was he a great man, in Marta Lamas' words he was also a great ally in the second wave of feminism that took place in Mexico. And in my opinion we need more people like him in every country.
What is your opinion of feminism? What is the history of feminism like in your own country? Do you know? Or would you like to learn more about it?