Gender Roles in Manuel Puig's The Kiss of the Spider Woman

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Me interesaba un personaje femenino que creyese todava en la existencia del macho superior, y lo primero que se me ocurri fue que hoy ese personaje no poda ser una mujer, porque una mujer de hoy da, de alguna manera ya duda; a estas alturas ya duda que exista ese partner que la va a gular en todo" (Osario, 1977, p…

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So, the author continues,
"En cambio, un homosexual, con fijacin femenina, si, todava, puede defender esa ideologa, porque, como desea ser mujer, pero no puede realizar la experiencia de sea mujer, no puede llegar a desengaarse y sigue el engavio, en el sueiio de que la realizacin de la mujer esta en encontrar un hombre que la va a guiar y que se va a ocupar de ella, lo cual es buscar un padre y no un compaero" (Osario, p. 53).
Puig subtly unfolds another aspect of his project: writing about a homosexual. It does not stop surprising us how or why this aspect of his writing has to be grounded with an explanation "beforehand!" That is, by framing the homosexual character of the novel, Molina, first, as "a feminine character who still believed in the existence of a superior man" and, then, as a "homosexual, with feminine fixations," Puig is showing us a certain anxiety regarding homosexuality in his writing. Puig's presentation of Molina is an excuse. ...
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