Les Indocumentadxs: The Coloniality of Gender, Complementarity, and Rethinking Border Being/s
Utilizing a feminist decolonial lens, Pagán explores the ways in which the theological anthropology of complementarity of the Roman Catholic Church entails elements of the coloniality of being and coloniality of gender. Through reference to decolonial spatial analysis, the author complexifies those whom we consider to be undocumented, introducing the term les indocumentadxs as those who because of their race, gender, and/or sexuality are not considered authentically human and thus remain in the space of the colonial difference, exemplified by feminicide in Mexico and violence against trans persons in the United States. Pagán claims that despite its claims that all human persons have dignity and so ought to be protected from violence, the narrow definition of who counts as authentically human marks many persons as indocumentadxs within the Roman Catholic Church (BIPOC and individuals within the LGBTQ+ community). Ultimately, Pagán argues that we must utilize a hermeneutics of el grito, a method of interpretation that can enable us to hear the cries of those occupying the spaces of the colonial difference and meet them there.
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