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Machismo

Updated on November 27, 2017

For this blog, I will be talking about machismo. According to Healey, Joseph F., and Eileen OBrien (2015) states that machismo is when it is a value that the culture strongly wants men and boys to follow and being dominate (219). The reason to me choosing machismo is because I feel like how many young boys must learn and take in what the meaning of machismo holds in their household if they do not follow those rules of how to be a man then the family would be looking at them differently. I feel like society today has put up a high standard for young men to follow on how to be a man and if they do decide to be different that they have the fear of being called names and not being accepted in their family or the cultural heritage. The theory that I feel that can best fit this will be the feminist theory because I feel that men should not be more dominant than women and that it is breaking the concept of men and women being equal. Machismo can be something hard to break in a cultural way because it is something that has been taught for many years it almost feels like a tradition to teach young men.

The video that I chose that shows how it would be if boys were raised like women were and just shows how it would look like if they were not taught about machismo. The video does show great examples where boys got a different answer to where a girl would ask and not get an approval in the Hispanic culture.

The first website link that I found about machismo is based on the view of a woman trying to compete with men to become the next president if she does succeed she will be the first female president. Her goal is not to make a feminist surge but to just raise awareness of Latinas being able to gain some power. The link to the website is https://www.ft.com/content/01f8cd1a-d587-37cd-bc29-32c8c6feca24.

The second website link that I found about machismo is based upon the history of the machismo in Mexico. The link shows how this term is taught such an early age for children to start learning their gender roles and how things should be running around the house. I feel like it does give a good explanation of the term. I do not feel machismo has had a big effect in my family but maybe I have not seen it be taught to my brother because I moved out and he is barely getting into the teenage years. The link to the website is https://www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/mexico/machismo.htm.

The first article of is talking about how machismo and married Mexican Americans have had a good outcome of machismo. This article shows the positive and the negative outcome of having machismo being followed in a married couple life. According to Pardo, Y., Weisfeld, C., Hill, E., & Slatcher, R. (2013) the research does challenge the idea of stereotyping the idea of the term machismo as a negative outcome and it also shows how it can be very popular in some culture without having any negative outcome.

For the second article, it shows how machismo has affected other culture not only the Hispanic culture. According to Basham, R. (1976) states how machismo is not always followed by all male Hispanic but how it is being followed and accepted socially for men behavior. I feel like this article does show that there is not always a stereotype to what culture is being machismo but also how it is being widely accepted by men all over, it is an easy way for them to follow how to be a man.

References

Basham, R. (1976). Machismo. Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies, 1(2), 126-143.

Healey, Joseph F. and Eileen OBrien. 2015. Race, ethnicity, gender, and class: the sociology of group conflict and change. Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Sage.

Pardo, Y., Weisfeld, C., Hill, E., & Slatcher, R. (2013). Machismo and Marital Satisfaction in Mexican American Couples. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 44(2), 299-315.

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