What did gender and youth policing entail, and why was it so important to the Cuban State?

1. What did gender and youth policing entail, and why was it so important to the Cuban State?
• Gender and youth policing was so important to the Cuban state because it was needed to help create the “New Man” that Che Guevara envisioned.
• The “New Man” were youth who “would unquestioningly carry out state orders.”
• Officials within the Cuban government started policing not only gender and youth but also popular music and fashion. The officials believed those who deviated from the normal gender order were ideological diversionists.
• “Ideological diversionalism” was declared a political crime in 1968 from Raul Castro.
• To police their citizens officials introduced “the use of iconography and the study of his life and his war diaries…” to schools and other institutions throughout the country. Him being Che Guevara. Officials also spread throughout the country that women were calling on their men to live for the development of the country.
• In the 1960s, two youth groups organized purges throughout the schools of the country. Whole departments would come together for a mass trial to testify against people suspected of being homosexuals. Almost always they were accused and tried as such which led to expulsion from the school along with the burning of transcripts and transferring of one’s name to a list of people with issues.

 

Lillian Guerra, “Visions of Power in Cuba Revolution, Redemption, and Resistance, 1959-1971,” 228
Lillian Guerra, “Visions of Power in Cuba Revolution, Redemption, and Resistance, 1959-1971,” 228
Lillian Guerra, “Visions of Power in Cuba Revolution, Redemption, and Resistance, 1959-1971,” 230

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