Machismo in the Homily: Why do Historic Influences in Latin America make Machismo Construct Difficult to Wane?

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Shelly Arnold

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Dr. Jonathan Hagood

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Machismo is viewed as a problem in today’s Latin America and amid Latinos living elsewhere. Some researchers lay blame on a unique form of Roman Catholicism found in Latin America. If the Church in Latin America is solely responsible for machismo, reconciling Church history to change the machismo construct may prove challenging. This paper explores where gender constructs in Latin America originated in the region and how social constructs defined machismo. Some research argues the female counter balance to machismo, marianismo, reinforces the machismo. Historic analysis of machismo origins allows for greater understanding of how this construct gained strong roots across Latin America and why change is difficult.

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