Neobugarrón: Heteroflexibility, Neoliberalism, and Latin/o American Sexual Practice

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How should we understand the bugarrón, a man who has sex with other men while regarding himself as heterosexual? Reaching beyond queer and gay studies, Ramón E. Soto-Crespo’s research suggests that this paradoxical figure mutated into what he calls the “neobugarrón,” a neoliberal market-oriented actor who used the traditional sexual practice as an optimizing strategy for manipulating the forces of globalization during the 1990s.

In Neobugarrón: Heteroflexibility, Neoliberalism, and Latin/o American Sexual Practice, Soto-Crespo chronicles the cultural modifications of bugarrón, a distinct male-male sexual practice in Latin/o America and the Caribbean, during the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Working with and against Foucault and Kinsey to examine diverse works from anthropology, literature, cinema, and social media, he investigates a wide array of bugarrón sources, ranging from previously underexamined multimedia to ethnographies, fiction, films, and beyond. These works constitute a neobugarrón archive and attest to a sexual practice currently metamorphosing on the cusp of extinction. Soto-Crespo’s analysis challenges conventional understandings of “heteroflexible” sex between men and reveals a hitherto unnoticed transformation in neoliberal ecologies of bugarrón sexual practice.
Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherThe Ohio State University Press
Number of pages210
ISBN (Electronic)9780814283080
ISBN (Print)9780814215517, 9780814258859
StatePublished - Sep 2023

Publication series

NameAbnormativities: Queer/Gender/Embodiment
PublisherScott Herring


  • Literary Criticism
  • Media Studies
  • Bisexual Studies, Social Science
  • LGBT Studies
  • Lgbt, Social Science
  • Caribbean & Latin American, Literary Criticism


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