Rodriguez, Juana Maria. “Sexual Futures, Queer Gestures, and Other Latina Longings”, (Sexual Cultures), NYU Press. 2014.
In her book “Sexual Futures, Queer Gestures, and Other Latina Longings”, author Juana Maria Rodriguez gives us a new way of looking at sexual politics and proposes that we examine them with reference to ”the interstices between radical queer desires and the urgency of transforming public policy, between utopian longings and everyday failures”. She uses the stereotype considering the ways in which bodily movement is assigned cultural meaning, Juana María Rodríguez takes the stereotypes of “the hyperbolically gestural queer Latina femme body as a starting point from which to discuss how gestures and forms of embodiment inform sexual pleasures and practices in the social realm”.
Her focus is on the sexuality of radicalized queer female subjects, including burlesque border crossings, daddy play, pornography, sodomy laws, and sovereignty claims and in this way to bring forward “alternative sexual practices and machinations that exist outside the sightlines of mainstream cosmopolitan gay male culture”. “Forms of agency continually mediate among these various structures of legibility—the rigid confines of the law and the imaginative possibilities of the performative”. She looks at Puerto Rican activists who work toward self-determination alongside sexual performances on stage, in film including commercial porn, in multi media, in dance and in the bedroom.
commercial pornography, in multi-media installations, on the dance floor, and in the bedroom. She shows that projections of radicalized sex become part of over mediums such as discourse and the coming together of racial and gendered anxieties and also appears in gestures and utterances of sexual acts, kinship structures, and activist practices.
We see how sex has been deployed in contemporary queer communities in order to radically change sexual politics.
Rodriguez contributes to the study of gender and sexuality by mobilizing the stereotype of the Latina and she is a critic to be reckoned with.