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Our Lady of Everyday LifeLa Virgen de Guadalupe and the Catholic Imagination of Mexican Women in America$
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María Del Socorro Castañeda-Liles

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190280390

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190280390.001.0001

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Perceptions of Our Lady of Guadalupe’s Relationship to Feminism

Perceptions of Our Lady of Guadalupe’s Relationship to Feminism

“The Time Is Now”

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(p.167) 7 Perceptions of Our Lady of Guadalupe’s Relationship to Feminism
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Our Lady of Everyday Life
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María Del Socorro Castañeda-Liles

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190280390.003.0008

The author contends that because Catholic Mexican-origin women learn to think of Our Lady of Guadalupe as an ever-present and all-accepting heavenly mother, they also see her as nonjudgmental. This ultimately allows the participants to continue to identify as Catholic, to retain the aspects of Catholicism they find life-giving, and to transgress some traditional limiting notions of what a good Catholic woman should be. The chapter also raises the question of what feminism means to the three cohorts of Las Damas, Las Madres, and Las Mujeres, and how they think of La Virgen de Guadalupe in relation to their definitions of feminism.

Keywords:   feminism, domestic violence, birth control, feminist, Mexican Catholic imagination, pray, agency, faith, equality, generation

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