Men, Women, Muxe: Mexico’s Third Gender

CSWS Executive Committee member Lynn Stephen recently appeared on the CNN program “Men, Women, Muxe” in the series “The World’s Untold Stories.” Stephen—director of the University of Oregon’s Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies (CLLAS) and distinguished professor of anthropology and ethnic studies—provided background and commentary on the Muxes of Juchitán, Oaxaca. The Muxes are a Zapotec indigenous third gender who have a long history in southern Mexico. Stephen has conducted research on gender and sexuality in southern Mexico and published an article in 2002 on this topic. “Men, Women, Muxe” aired in the United States, Latin America, and Europe during May 2010 and can be viewed on the CNN website in three parts of ten minutes each.

Part I, Mexico’s Third Gender

Part II, Evolution of Mexico’s Third Gender

Part III, Muxe Today in Mexico