Perreo femme-inism: an avenue to reclaim, reject, and redefine cultural norms within Borinquen society
Hammond, Rebecca Arlene
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Puerto Rico is positioned at the epicenter of many of the debates involving questions of colorism, misogyny, sexual liberation, and gender expression in reggaetón and perreo, due to its role in shaping these cultures. What was traditionally defined as an oppressive and misogynistic expression is now being recognized as the instrument of resistance that it was created to be. The recent application of perreo, the style of dance associated with reggaetón, as a tool of resistance in Black feminists and queer movements coopts themes of reclamation, rejection, and redefinition that have embedded themselves in Puerto Rican culture. By exploring these three central themes, this research begins to build a framework for a new expression of feminism, perreo femme-inism.