The Mexican Third Gender Muxe Of Oaxaca

The Mexican Third Gender Muxe Of Oaxaca

A muxe is a male at birth who dresses and behaves in ways consistent with the female gender. The muxe was born countless generations ago in the small Mexican town of Juchitán de Zaragoza in Oaxaca, where they are revered and celebrated. Interestingly, the muxe contradicts the typical machismo culture of Mexico. The muxe take on traditionally feminine roles in the community, specifically caring for elders after their sons and daughters began having families of their own. The muxe term has begun to catch on in other parts of the world to mean anyone who does not identify with gendered norms.

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Key Facts In This Video

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    The small Mexican town of Juchitán de Zaragoza celebrates a third gender: the Muxe. (0:19)

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    The muxe are responsible for caring for elders in the community after sons and daughters have families of their own. (0:55)

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    The term "muxe" is being adopted by people in L.A. who exist outside the gender norms. (1:56)

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