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Love and EmpireCybermarriage and Citizenship across the Americas$
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Felicity Amaya Schaeffer

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780814785980

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814785980.001.0001

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Conversions of the Self

Conversions of the Self

Mexican Women’s Turn from the National to the Foreign

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Love and Empire

Felicity Amaya Schaeffer

NYU Press

This chapter contextualizes women's stories of shifting desire from local to foreign men alongside broader transformations in Mexico that shape professional women's conversion from the Catholic Church to Protestantism. They express this shift through the sense that their lives are spiritually predetermined to an entrepreneurial ethic that values hard work and individuals' ability to alter themselves and their futures. Aware of the national and cultural differences between themselves and women in the United States, these Mexican women accentuate their feminine and loving nature on marriage profile pages. These virtues translate into a marketable trait, especially since many U.S. men perceive U.S. women as cold, materialistic, and self-centered. The chapter describes how many Mexican women turned to foreign men and lifestyles as a way to “escape” traditional value systems in the family, a corrupt and unstable government, and confining definitions of gender, sexuality, and womanhood.

Keywords:   foreign, Mexican women, Catholic Church, Protestantism, cultural differences, United States, traditional value systems, gender, sexuality, womanhood

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