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Volume One                                                                   Winter 1998-Spring 1999                                                               Numbers 3-4.

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      THE DEVALUATION OF CUBAN WOMEN’S WORK: JINETERISMO DURING THE SPECIAL PERIOD

 

       Elisa Facio

      Department of Ethnic Studies

      University of Colorado

      Boulder, Colorado 80309

      Published online: December 15, 2016

 

 

       ABSTRACT

                                                                                                  

This chapter traces the emergence of jineterismo with the growth of the tourist industry and contrasts these developments in the 1990s to the forms of prostitution that existed in Cuba during the 1950s.  The histori­cal back­ground reveals the terrible contradic­tions for the revolutionary socialist state and the feminist women who organized the elimina­tion of prostitution by providing viable eco­nomic and educational alterna­tives for women from the 1960s to the early 1990s.  Finally, the arguments raised here imply a certain optimism for turning one of the worst of all imagined developments into a practice with some redeem­ing value, by stating explicitly that the new form of sex work has provided at least some children of jineteras some badly needed food, clothing and medicine that can be bought almost exclusive­ly at Cuba's "dollar stores."

 

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