Machismo In Latino Culture

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Many studies on masculinity have often revealed how Machismo is embedded in the Latino culture within the United States. Machismo is defined as a strong sense of masculine pride as exhibited by Latino men. In the Latino culture, machismo is not only accepted, but always expected. In any study that investigates the Latino group, machismo is a subject that cannot be ignored. In Latin American culture, machismo is seen as a behavior through which the Latino males exhibit an overbearing attitude to anyone in a position he sees as inferior to theirs, thereby demanding total respect and subservience. Even though Machismo has been defined with an extremely negative connotation, a macho can also be seen as a caring and responsible person within the traditional Latino culture. The negative connotations that have been attributed to Machismo are aggressiveness, womanizing, emotional insensitivity and physical strength. Ethnographic studies have revealed that as a result of machismo, Latino men tend to distance themselves from homosexuals, who they perceive as a big threat to theory sexuality, physical dominance and personal safety. This paper discusses Machismo among Latino Americans in the modern society and how it shapes the social constructs within which they live. It will discuss how machismo shapes gay men and how they build cultural capital in order to negotiate through life. The paper will also discuss the effects of machismo on marianismo, and how the rules around machismo
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