Race rape: White masculinity in Andean pishtaco tales

Authors
Citation
M. Weismantel, Race rape: White masculinity in Andean pishtaco tales, IDENTITIES, 7(3), 2000, pp. 407-440
Citations number
72
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Sociology & Antropology
Journal title
IDENTITIES-GLOBAL STUDIES IN CULTURE AND POWER
ISSN journal
1070-289X → ACNP
Volume
7
Issue
3
Year of publication
2000
Pages
407 - 440
Database
ISI
SICI code
1070-289X(200009)7:3<407:RRWMIA>2.0.ZU;2-Q
Abstract
A figure from Andean popular culture, the pishtaco, illuminates the relatio nship between white racism and sexual violence. Usually spoken of as a whit e killer of Indians, the pishtaco is often described as a rapist of both me n and women, and a castrator of men. The destructive masculinity of the pis htaco resembles that found in other Latin American oral genres, such as Mex icano humor. The intersection of race and sex complicates the analysis, how ever: these tales present both race and sex as performative rather than ess ential; indeed, because Indian masculinity is presented as crucially differ ent than white maleness, the historically contingent nature of male violenc e is underscored.