By Megan D. Daigle
Investigating the lived realities of the Cuban ladies (and a few males) who date travelers and delivering a distinct viewpoint at the surrounding debates, From Cuba with Love increases matters approximately women’s bodieswhat they could or may still do and, both, what should be performed to them. Daigle’s provocative point of view will make readers query how race and politics in Cuba are tied to ladies and intercourse, and the ways that political energy acts without delay at the our bodies of people via legislations, policing, institutional courses, and social norms.
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Political life and subjectivity in Cuba are far more complex than this polarized debate will allow. Likewise, histories of Cuba tend to enumerate a list of eras punctuated by an accepted list of nation-building events, whereas I am more interested in subtler processes of articulation and constitution by which Cubans—and especially Cuban women—have been produced as political and sexual subjects. As threads that run through the history of cubanidad, these processes predate the Revolution and transcend the successive regimes of the past five centuries.
He has been there for me even when there was tennis or snooker on television, and for that, I am so very grateful. And finally, my biggest thanks are reserved for Yakelín, Nadia, Lili, Ricky, Andre, Ana, Evan, Karla, Olivia, Cristina, Isabel, Raúl, Haydée, Natalia, Mariela, Rigoberto, Taimí, Sarah, Natalia, and Yoaní. I am grateful for their trust and their frankness, for the ways they pushed and challenged me. They are so much the soul of this book, even if many of them may never see it, that it feels absurd to see just my name on its cover.
The central question that I am seeking to address in this book is, as it turns out, fairly simple: How are bodies governed in Cuba? Or rather, why are these bodies—mostly young black or mixed-race women—governed differently and made available for state intervention? This question, together with my own politics, has taken me down a particular path: intersectional, feminist, postcolonial, queer. 34 In practice, I have had to be flexible and malleable to circumstances, a choice that I think is reasonable, even essential, when it comes to doing sensitive research like this.