The Blossoms Of Fire By Maureen Gosling

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Women around the world have been subordinated to men at various time periods and in various cultures. The history of Mexico has led to the creation of a dichotomous view of women who are only perceived as the good wife and mother or as the whore. This clear-cut definition of women’s identity and role in society does not leave much space for another expression of the self. Yet, in the documentary The Blossoms of Fire by Maureen Gosling, women are portrayed as powerful, confident and strong. How did men, stereotypically defined and characterized as “machos” with an exaggerated sense of power and domineering attitudes, react to what is referred to in the video as “matriarchy”? Is there another space other than those culturally predefined in which women could define themselves as more complex human beings? The description of women in Juchitán de Zaragoza (in Oaxaca, Mexico) indicates that men do not have the possibility to impose their views on women as they wish and that patriarchy is not prevalent. On the contrary, women appear to have more power and agency than men. All in all, it seems that a new space between patriarchy and matriarchy has been created in the city.

Traditionally, women have not been at the center of society and history in male-dominated environments. Patriarchy is a system in which men have the power, they dominate women and they deny them the possibility to play a role in the public sphere. The history of Mexican women from the colonial period until today…

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