Machismo in Latin America

Machismo- Latin American social ethic that honored male strength, courage, aggressiveness, assertiveness, and cunning

Promotes male dominance as men try to be the most in control and "manly" as possible.

Can be seen as male's responsibility to protect, provide for, and defend his family, but also can lead to the ideals of "keeping women in their place" and domestic violence.

In Spanish and Portuguese, refers to assumption that masculinity is superior to femininity.

Frequently associated with more patriarchal undertones.

Can be rooted to mimicking the Bible's depiction of a male dominated society as Catholicism plays a vital role in the Spanish community.

Forces gender roles in which the concept of marianismo, the idea that women are inferior and completely dependent on men, is popular and very few opportunities arise to women.  

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