Writing at the intersection of motherhood, feminism and my Latinidad

31 July 2008

Macho, Macho Man

Despite the snarky title, I want to spend this time asking you to please take the time to read ALL of bfp's post on machismo in Mexican culture:

Machismo was about putting on a show. About looking really fucking beautiful and representing yourself and your ‘group’ (whether it was a music group, like the mariachis above, or the dancers or bull fighters of old etc) well. It was about attracting a love interest (as in the song above) or demonstrating your bravery. It was about tapping into an ancient past that was strong enough to build a bright future. It was something you did together as a community–how do you show off if there is nobody to watch? But most importantly, machismo was something that you stopped–you took it off and put it away for special occasions. If the special is used every day, then it’s no longer special, right?
That's all! xoxo

1 comments:

Thanks for the link - quite enlightening. I'm not Latina, but my husband is half-Mexican descent (dad's side) and he and I discuss this sort of thing a lot. Living in Southern California, we're seeing the culture turn this way more and more.