Medina, Cuauhtemoc; Susana Vargas Cervantes.
Mexico: Editorial RM, 2014. 1st ed. 128p., photos, wrps., tall 4to Very Good Paperback 9786078295128 In the introductory essay, Medina argues that excluded sectors of Latin American society only surface in popular media as they traverse "portals of imaginary scandal arising out of crime and excoticism" and that this arena is wrought with misrepresentation and stereotyping. The bulk of the book is an excercise in excising these very misrepresentations from popular press and nota roja (a genre of scandalous tabloid) publications. Prominently featured are "stories" from Alarma!, perhaps the most well-known of the nota roja serials whose captions and headlines anticipate the click bait of the Internet Age in the age of social media. All stories and images collected feature Mexican transsexuals and cross-dressers categorized into four subjects: Orgies, Weddings, Poses and Tricks. By capturing and recontextualizing Alarma! stories in this way, Medina and his colleagues are attempting to "encourage art historias and other scholars of the image to explore the representation of gender, and particularly homosexuality in Mexico," an effort he admits is still very "scarce and fragmented" (Item ID: 172649)