How the Sandinista Revolution Changed Traditional Gender Roles in Nicaragua

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How the Sandinista Revolution Changed Traditional Gender Roles in Nicaragua

Before the Nicaraguan Sandinista Revolution had taken place in the late 1970s, male and female gender roles had been clearly and traditionally defined as to how one should behave and conduct one’s self. Men and women identified these ideal traits and behaviors for potential husbands and wives, or as guidelines in how to raise their children, and even so that the family order of gender role was not upset. Traditional male behavior had originally been based around the notion of machismo. In this way, they are meant to act aggressive, violent, dominant, sexually conquer and drink and gamble. Women on the other hand were expected to be soft spoken, obedient and
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The old idea of a good man- the ideal of machismo- was someone who could drink, fight gamble, and have a large number of sexual conquests (Lancaster, 1992; pg. 175).” Jaime is a good example of the New Man. He entirely supported the Sandinista Revolution in which he believed in improving his country, also an extremely bright scholar who kept improving himself through education; he was also a good friend and generous to his friends.
‘I’ve been tutoring Juan in geometry, and he just doesn’t understand it at all. He doesn’t get it. I knew he was gong to fail the exam, so I failed it, too, so he wouldn’t be the only one in our group to fail.’ “I (author) wasn’t sure whether to believe this explanation or not, but Jaime was absolutely serious about it. when I asked Roger and Virgilio, they said that Jaime’s explanation was the only reasonable one, because he had tutored them too, and they earned A’s (Lancaster, 1992; pg. 168).’ This showed that Jaime is a product of the revolutionary good New Man, one who serves his country, is a scholar and is most generous whenever he can be with his friends as we can see when he decided to take a failing grade instead of an A. In Nicaragua, relations and small favors amongst friends such as that are very important in a friendship. Mutual help amongst each other is what helps the less fortunate people,

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