“Alien” Sexuality: Race, Maternity, and Citizenship by Cisneros

Natalie Cisneros writes about the controversy surrounding “alien” sexuality. She talks about the views that different people have on citizenship, maternity, and reproduction. When an immigrant woman is in the United States and she is pregnant, she receives help from the government to be able to be taken care of by medical doctors. This is because the child, who will potentially be born, will be a United States citizen. The question raised is whether or not a soon to become mother should receive this assistance if she is not a citizen herself. The reason why they receive this help is because they are the molds who hold these future citizens, and that is more important than if they are citizens themselves.

Cisnero discusses that, “the era of the fetus-as-person has made the maternal body increasingly vulnerable; in discourses that posit fetuses as citizens deserving of the state’s protection, women’s bodies are constituted both as instrumental (for the production of citizens) and responsible (for their ‘health’ or ‘contamination’)” (Cisneros, 6). It should not be that a woman with the worries and stress of being pregnant should be attacked with whether or not they should receive the kind of help that they need as human beings. To say that a woman is responsible for their health or contamination leaves the government out of the picture. Being that the United States goes into different countries to try and help, these women in their own country should be helped as well. Seeing the pregnancy as a plan to stay in the country makes me really sad to hear. Most women that are pregnant decide to have their kids in the United States so the child could have the possibility of having a better life, mothers tend to be selfless, but the government seems to always attack the weakest. Do you see “anchor babies” as a problem? Why or why not?

Cisnero also discusses reproduction and connects it to “anchor babies” as well. She mentions that, “in the context of the emergence of discourse surrounding ‘anchor babies’ and the threat of ‘invasion’ or ‘infestation’ posed by “alien” reproduction, the ‘birthright’ citizenship guaranteed under the Fourteenth Amendment has again been called into question”  (Cisneros, 13). This is a sentence that tries to justify the scare that some people have. But to say that kids of immigrant parents are an “invasion” or “infestation” is terrible, due to the fact that a judgement is applied on an innocent child that has not even arrived on this planet yet. What do you think that a change of the Fourteenth Amendment would do to this country?


Similarly to Curry Todd’s comment about pregnant illegal immigrants multiplying like rats, Representative Todd Akins said that rape was legitimate. Legitimate rape would mean that the bodies of those girls who were raped would not be able to conceive a baby because the body could reject a pregnancy from happening. This belief was also not valid to a lot of people and was seen rather insulting just like the comparison to multiplying rats. Do you find this ad to work? Why or why not?


Tourism in Tijuana

Change is constant in this world. We have constantly seen change in the readings of the class. The conquest definitely impacted the Americas and these changes continue to develop today. The conquest created borders as we know them today. A very popular city along the border is Tijuana. It is still going through the sexual violations that once happened during the conquest. It also reflects “los chingados” as those people who have to struggle to get by in a city that serves a large population of non-residents. Tijuana strongly reflects masculinity; prostitution develops as an escape to the lack of jobs. Males are usually preferred in the work force therefore there is not many opportunities for women to have a stable job therefore they sacrifice their bodies to have enough money to provide for themselves and anybody else who they take care of.

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Tourism in Tijuana

There is so much tension within borders. I am interested in the interaction between Tijuana and the United States. As it is the closest border to me and has so much going on.
  1. ImageThis is a meme created to describe Tijuana. “Welcome to Tijuana: Tequila, Sexo, y Marijuana” are lyrics from the song “Welcome to Tijuana” by Manu Chao. Do you see its purpose to be an incentive or disincentive? I am interested in how “Tequila, Sexo, y Marijuana” can work to encourage or discourage one from traveling to Tijuana. I am also interested in how this creates an image of the city and what one expects when visiting Tijuana.
  2. ImageThis is another way of portraying Tijuana, “Tijuana” is spelled out on a Mariachi hat which has really strong ties to México and its traditional music style. In every letter there is a picture of a building with very “traditional” looks, some of which appear to be churches. This is interesting because opposing the first image, this gives Tijuana a sense of the “real” Mexican  
  3. http://current.com/participate/vc2/76794892_street-girls-of-tijuana.htm This website gives a video of the thousands of girls that are out in “La Zona Norte” offering their bodies in exchange for money. A very striking comment done by “TJlover” says “Who cares why there are there, I’m just thankful they are there. I have enjoyed their company more than once. I love it down there.” Making it a sad reality that some U.S guys tend to go down there for sexual pleasure.
  4. http://blogs.laweekly.com/informer/2011/11/teen_sex_prostitute_tijuana_nb.php This is the link to a LA Weekly blog that singles out a young girl from Riverside being a prostitute in Tijuana. This blog emphasizes how rare it is to have “An American girl — a 16-year-old from Southern California — working the streets of TJ’s notorious Zona Norte.” This blog also reclaims how prostitution is very much connected to drug cartels.