BBC on Lucha Libre

The BBC has a nice slide show featuring female lucha libre wrestlers. They write, “Lucha libre, or ‘free wrestling’ is one of Mexico’s most popular sports. Its
stars can make a lucrative living but it is very much a man’s game.” This fall Duke will publish Heather Levi’s The World of Lucha Libre: Secrets, Revelations, and Mexican National Identity. Levi, an anthropologist, apprenticed with a luchador herself. Her book is a lively ethnograhpy of the sport, examining the role of secrecy in lucha libre, the meaning of the masks worn by the wrestlers, the role of television and the media. Gender is an important component of the book. Levi considers male wrestlers who cross-dress and perform feminine roles as well as female wrestlers and fans.

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