“Family Secrets resonates with authenticity, and makes us look deep within ourselves and our sanitized domestic histories to recover the forgotten whispers about ‘black sheep’ that lurk in the recesses of memory in virtually every family, everywhere.”
—New York Journal of Books
"A powerfully thought-provoking and courageous work that carries reverberations for understanding how incest and sexual violence within the family impact greater community and societal violence. After reading this work, the reader will never be the same."
—American Journal of Sociology
"I have never read a more powerful, highly original, sophisticated, and brave book as Family Secrets. It is an absolutely wonderful and truly riveting ethnographic study that will forever change the way look at gender and sexuality among Mexican-origin populations. Written with enormous compassion and intelligence, it is destined to become the most highly-acclaimed and path-breaking contribution to Latino/a sexuality research to date."
—Tomas Almaguer, author of Racial Fault Lines: The Historical Origins of White Supremacy in California
“A sensitive, ethical, humane, yet deeply sociological and intellectually robust analysis of a very delicate subject matter. Gloria González-López criticizes, debunks, sheds new light, and does so with an immense humanity. Her approach has true potential for bringing attention to this issue with an eye for real change.”
—Cecilia Menjívar, author of Enduring Violence: Ladina Women's Lives in Guatemala
“Groundbreaking and revealing, this book offers a critical feminist examination of the social and cultural mechanisms that create the causes and conditions of incest and sexual violence in the family, complex realities existing in Mexican society. Besides unmasking a patriarchal taboo and analyzing it in depth, this moving, incisive, and thought-provoking book brings to light the human resiliency, puts forward the possibility of renewed social contracts and laws promoting the integrity, dignity, freedom, and safety of women, girls and boys, and other populations at risk, and calls for the defense and respect of their most basic human rights.”
—Marcela Lagarde y de los Ríos, author of Los cautiverios de las mujeres: madresposas, monjas, putas, presas y locas
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