Gay rights politics in Nicaragua
Professor Cymene Howe from the Department of Anthropology at Rice University delivered a lecture last Thursday on the politics of sexual rights in Nicaragua in anticipation of International Women’s Day. While my (not being gay) observations have been pretty positive toward acceptance of gay and lesbian lifestyles, Professor Howe's research offers a lot broader view.
The article is available in The Tufts Daily. From the article
Howe also examined the country’s complex perspective on gay and lesbian sexuality. In Nicaragua, she said, dominant, macho men can engage in homosexual activity without being considered gay. However, “passivos,” or more effeminate males, are often targets of prejudice and are labeled with the derogatory word “cochone.” Similarly, more masculine lesbians are often disparaged with the word “cochonas,” while “femininas,” or more womanish lesbians, are often subject to less ridicule.