6808 - Fariseus and Good Gringos: Heterosexuality and Masculinity Among English-Speaking Foreigners in Rio de Janeiro

Sex and gender are historically understood as privileged axes through which foreign visitors understand their presence in Brazil and are, in turn, understood by Brazilians. Using an analysis that focuses on micro-political actions rather than large-scale or structural markers of difference, we attempt to analyze the performance of heterosexual masculinities among foreign sex tourists in Rio de Janeiro as an identity-forming construct which transforms over time. In particular, we seek to deconstruct a series of “gringo” self-attributions (English-speaking, dominant, heterosexual, man) as these (de)compose in contrast with a series of other identity markers (Portuguese-speaking, submissive, woman, homosexual or transvestite) which are traversed by the more general adjective “Brazilian”. Our analysis is based on a decade of ethnographic investigations among “gringos” in Rio de Janeiro. Here, we seek to understand how the experience of contact within a given sexscape can reify, transform, reinforce and/or recreate masculine and heterosexual subjectivies.

Palavras-chaves: Gender, sex tourism, masculinity, gringos, Rio de Janeiro

Autores: Blanchette, Thaddeus (UFRJ - Macaé, Brazil / Brasilien)
Co-Autores: Ana Paula da Silva (Federal University at Viçosa, Mina Gerais, Brasil)


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