Munchies goes into the kitchen with Mexico’s muxes.

“In the Istmo de Tehuantepec region of Oaxaca, Mexico, lies the district of Juchitán. This was the land of the ancient Zapotec civilization, whose language and culture still thrives here. One of the many distinguishing characteristics of Juchitán is its population of muxes (pronounced moo-shays), which means “woman” in Zapotecan dialect.

But they are not women. Most crudely put, they are people who are born biologically male and dress as women—but they consider themselves neither cross-dressers nor transgender. Instead, they are treated as “the third gender,” and they identify neither as men nor as women.”

Mística Sánchez Gómez

Mística Sánchez Gómez

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