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Mexican Myth Essay

By | March 2013
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Ivan Martinez
Professor E. Hendrick
English 115-601
Feb 8, 2013
Mexican Macho Man

Ever since I was young I always witnessed examples of men being more dominant than women, the role of macho man has been in my family for generations. The way most Mexican families function is the father is the provider and worker. The mother stays at home cleans, cooks, and takes care of the children. Also the father would be the one who gives out advice to the kids and makes the family decisions. On the other hand Gary Soto, who wrote "Looking for work" wasn't influenced by his father. Soto as a kid was influenced by television shows. Just because you are Mexican doesn't mean you’re going to be raised with the idea of being a macho man. A while back I was in a situation where my family from Tijuana got in a huge argument because my uncle was acting macho. My uncle told my cousin that you shouldn’t have goals because women are only good for cooking, cleaning, and taking care of the kids. My uncle believes that men should tell women what to do, which is traditional in some Mexican families. When this happened I realized that my dad taught me well on how to treat women right. This reflects how the Mexican myth of being a macho man still exists, it might not be around as much but it’s still out there.

Ever since growing up as a kid, I always saw different examples on how Mexican men treated women. It's a saying in Mexican culture that women must obey men no matter what. Men are the workers and providers for the family, who make all the decisions. While the mother stays at home, does chores and takes care of the kids. The first example I have is my aunt, she does all those things my uncle demands her too. I would go to Tijuana about four times a month for about 5 years and would always see this, my uncle telling his wife and daughters what to do. Till this day many Mexican families still live by the roles. I dislike this idea, and I’m against it. I would like to...
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