Cary/diseño

Cary/diseño

By Raquel Sierra
Traditionally considered male-chauvinistic and homophobic, the Cuban society is gradually accepting sexual diversity while some legal steps are taken along these lines.
Regarded as the "right" behavior, heterosexuality is making room for other sexual preferences and orientations that are being slowly recognized. Homosexuals, bisexuals, transsexuals and transvestites are becoming increasingly visible and are already accepted by academicians, university graduates, artists and other sensitized people.
Mayra Rodríguez, a psychologist working at the National Sex Education Center (CENESEX), indicated that there is now greater acceptance of behaviors, identities, orientations and expressions that are different from heterosexuality. "The government-run Center has played a key role in this connection, right after a Working Group on Sex Education was established in the 1970s to train staff and develop an ethical and humane approach to sexual diversity", she added. "We realized how necessary it was to raise awareness in the population. This has had a positive impact on social understanding and acceptance", she stressed.
Viernes, 01 Febrero 2008 00:00

Sexuality: Health and sex

By Sara Más
Good health and appropriate control over chronic diseases are closely connected with satisfactory sex life. Studies have shown that diabetes mellitus, kidney diseases, metabolic syndromes, cancer, high blood pressure and obesity do not only reduce life expectancy and cause discomfort and pain, but also negatively affect sexual performance. Diabetes in women is often related to pregnancy, but it is seldom connected with sex life, said Dr. Daysi A. Navarro, head of the Working Group on Endocrinology and Aging at the National Institute of Endocrinology. Diabetes mellitus, a non-transmissible chronic disease, causes lack of metabolic control and is usually accompanied by hyperglycemia, non-enzymatic protein glycosilation, and vascular and neuropathic disorders that negatively affect sex. She made the statement at the 4th Cuban Congress on Sex Education, Orientation and Therapy, which was held in Havana earlier this month. Clinical studies have focused mainly on erectile sexual dysfunction, which affects 20 to 80 percent of diabetes mellitus male sufferers.
Viernes, 01 Febrero 2008 00:00

Cuba: Mother, there is only one

By Ilse Bulit
It is an old joke, but it is often told. Pepito( like Dennis the Menace) is a leading character in Cuban stories, which are based on street philosophy and usually involve sex and politics. Pepito’s mother asks him to fetch a couple of soft drinks from the fridge for some visiting friends. The mocking and daring character goes against all social principles, places a comma after the vocative and shouts: Mother, there is only one! Behind this innocent joke there lies the duplicity of the so-called love for mothers. Of course, there is only one mother and there is also only one father, at least, until they are biotechnologically engineered. The joke came up a long time ago, when genetics was connected with atrocious acts committed in Nazi concentration camps, when women cried a lot at local movie theaters watching a stocky Sara García(Mexican actress) with her arms wide open to receive her black children-sheep, when criminals had hearts tattooed as a tribute to perfect, irrevocable and unique mothers, although these offenders could well be serving sentences for having killed any other mother.
By Sara Más
What transsexuals, bisexuals, homosexuals and transvestites in Cuba and elsewhere really need is acceptance. To them, this is more important than any opportunity to express themselves freely or receive healthcare and guidance services. Such an opinion was shared by many participants in the 4th Cuban Congress on Sex Education, Guidance and Therapy, which was held earlier this month in Havana. While some progress has been made along these lines, there is still a long way to go, especially in societies where male-chauvinistic attitudes are deeply rooted, they stressed. "We have fought discrimination against non-heterosexual individuals, but the truth of the matter is that there is marginalization behind certain feelings of ´compassion, complacency and tolerance´" said Omar Parada, local coordinator of the MSM Project in Granma province, 700 kilometers east of Havana. MSM stands for Men Having Sex with Men. Speaking at a session on free sexual orientation and gender identity, he emphasized how difficult it has been to reach bisexuals. The project seeks to promote HIV/AIDS prevention in this population group.
By Raquel Sierra
Out of faith or curiosity, many Cubans await the so-called Letter of the Year, which contains the predictions made by Afro-Cuban religion leaders for the next 12 months. The “babalawos” or Yoruba bishops wrote the Letter, including signs, prophecies, ruling and accompanying orishas, flags, ebbó (witchcraft), proverbs, recommendations, works and pieces of advice. Made public at a liturgy held on December 31, the Letter warns about bad weather conditions in 2008. According to the Letter’s Organizing Committee members, Ifá (Supreme Being) predictions indicate that 2008 will be ruled by Oggún, a god representing war and warriors. Christians associate it with Saint Peter. Yemayá, the goddess of water, mother of Yoruba religion and Virgin of Regla to Christians, will also be ruling this year.
Viernes, 01 Febrero 2008 00:00

Cuba: It is cold in Havana

By Ilse Bulit
Following a tradition in the last 50 years, cold fronts threaten to hit Cuba in December, but they do not actually get here. Scientists had warned about climate change and old people in the island had anticipated such an event a long time ago. The first half of the 20th century had been marked by low temperatures in the winter, which made people use sweaters, coats and even newspapers to cover their backs if they were very poor, and give children cod-liver oil to prevent colds. As to drinks, some used to have steaming chocolate in porcelain cups, some others drank boiling linden or camomile tea in tin jugs, and most of them had hot coffee at night, although it shooed sleep away. Children went to school wearing newly bought uniforms or ragged clothes, but they all visited the seawall drive hoping to be bathed by the strong waves crashing against it.

Por Sara Más

Con más semejanzas que diferencias, académicas cubanas y mexicanas suelen pasar por situaciones de vida y profesión muy similares, en gran medida condicionadas por la cultura patriarcal y la tradición, aunque vivan en geografías y sociedades distintas.
Así lo explicaron la mexicana Olga Bustos y la cubana Lourdes Fernández Rius durante del VII Congreso Iberoamericano de Ciencia, Tecnología y Género, celebrado en La Habana del 18 al 21 de febrero, donde expusieron algunos resultados preliminares de un estudio comparativo, actualmente en proceso, y que toma como escenarios la Universidad Autónoma de México y la de La Habana.
Por Dixie Edith

El próximo domingo 21 de octubre habrá sufragios en Cuba para elegir a las personas que integrarán las llamadas Asambleas Municipales del Poder Popular, así como a los delegados y delegadas a nivel de los barrios. Un total de 10.799 mujeres han sido nominadas para ocupar puestos en los órganos de gobierno locales.
Lunes, 15 Octubre 2007 00:00

Las mujeres y el camino al poder

Por Dixie Edith

A pocos meses de las elecciones generales en Cuba para designar los escaños en el Parlamento, el número de mujeres en esos espacios ha crecido alrededor del 14 por ciento, desde la primera legislatura de la época revolucionaria, en 1976.
Ese proceso eleccionario, fijado para el primer trimestre de 2008, será el primero que tendrá lugar en Cuba desde que, hace un año, una intervención quirúrgica alejara de la presidencia a Fidel Castro.
Lunes, 11 Junio 2007 00:00

Padres en temporada de cambios

Por Sara Más


No son sólo, de forma absoluta, los patriarcas de la casa; ni llevan la única “voz cantante” en la familia. Aunque los padres de hoy, en esta isla del Caribe, se siguen pareciendo en mucho a sus antepasados varones, los más jóvenes empiezan a marcar también ciertas distancias y diferencias en el ejercicio tradicional de la paternidad, con una relación más abierta, afectiva y desprejuiciada con su descendencia.
“Para mí han sido un regalo de la vida”, dice convencido Frank Medina, electricista de 35 años y padre de dos hijos: una niña de 8 años y un varón adolescente. Medina habla a SEMlac durante una breve pausa, mientras espera a su pequeña, a la salida de la escuela.

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