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Mariquita is a derogatory slang term in Spanish that defines an effeminate man. It could be translated in English as fairy, although there is no exact equivalence for its meaning.


Mariquita was ignorantly used as an umbrella term during Franco’s Regime to label any male individual that did not act masculine; thus, putting together transsexuals, homosexuals and any other non-heteronormative identities as one big Otherness to be prosecuted.

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