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“Machismo Is Part of Our Culture”
“Machismo Is Part of Our Culture” by Marcela Christine Lucero-Trujillo For Jesse Hey Chicano bossman don’t tell me that machismo is part of our culture if you sleep and marry W.A.S.P. You constantly remind me, me, your Chicana employee that machi-machi-machismo is part of our culture. I’m conditioned, you say, to bearing machismo which you only learned day before yesterday At home you’re no patron. your liberated gabacha has gotcha where she wants ya, y a mi me ves cara de steppin’ stone Your culture emanates from Raza posters on your walls from bulletin boards in the halls and from the batos who hang out at the barrio bar. Chicanismo through osmosis acquired in good doses remind you to remind me that machi-machi-machismo is part of our culture. -------------------------------------------------------------- This poem by Marcela Christine Lucero-Trujillo demonstrates the frustration woman felt in organized groups of Chicanos in college campuses and communities in the 1970s. These groups were fighting for Chicano rights, but the women who were trying to lead felt oppressed by the machista mentality of the men. Machismo is defined as "strong or aggressive masculine pride." Although machismo can happen in any culture, it is a struggle that many Chicana and Latina women face in their community. How do you escape machismo without dishonoring your cultural role and identity as a Latina woman? How can Latina women who feel oppressed find healing in their community? I'd love to hear your thoughts on the poem or on the topic of machismo. ----------------------------- Source: From Out of the Shadows : Mexican Women in Twentieth-Century America, pg. 120, 2008 edition
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I don't think I know enough about the culture of machismo to really comment on it, but I loved the poem! The attitude and poking and prodding at just what has formed one mans identity is really interested.
my wife once told me that her in laws always make comments because I "let" her go to her hometown for the whole summer. I asked her why and she pretty much said it was the machismo