Gender Roles and Sexuality in Latin America Essay
The main belief for machismos is that they are superior to women. The machismo gender roles consider men as the “breadwinners” (Craske, 1999, p. 11) because they (men) tend to bring in the most income. They do the work in the outside world that is in the public’s eyes. The word machismo can also hold a negative connotation towards men such as men participating in activities such as “excessive drinking, domestic violence, insistence on a large family to indicate virility, and the demand that a wife stay at home to concentrate on family life and be a ‘good woman’” (Craske, 1999, p. 11). Chant and Craske even compared men to being children and women to being treated like children. These are brutal descriptions of men. Yet they seem to be true for the most part. Men definitely help superiority over women; I believe this mainly happened because of fear. Women were afraid they would be sent to a life in exile if they broke social normalcy.
After defining the gender roles of man and woman I was able to find the conforming and contradicting traditional understandings of femininity and masculinity in Latin America. These forms of sexuality include