Jihmmy N. Sanchez
Boys and Men in Families
This reading a long with the other readings assigned focused on masculinity and the idea of “Guyland” and the consequences that come from being a part of a societal driven idea. In Boys and Men in Families the idea that manhood and masculinity has a lot of consequences on adolescent boys who through the genderalization detach themselves from their mothers and learn to hide their emotions and separate themselves from their families. Years later these teenage boys, now men return to their families, but now with families of their own. This separation of males from their families brings consequences with them. Men cannot connect on an emotional level with their spouses and have a difficult time connecting with their children, men see them selves as head of their families. They also see their wives not only as a spouse but as a servant. There to provide for their needs, the reading suggest that this seems to be the trend because men are for the most part the financial providers of their families. The reading also mentions that as women have slowly entered into the paid work force and have become and financial providers for their wives as well, male dominance in the household has come to decrease.
This trend of male dominance in households is something that is very common in typical Mexican families. I first visited Mexico about seven years ago. I noticed that most if not all husbands and males of the families were the ones who participated in all of the physical work around the farm. From milking cows, branding livestock, slaughtering livestock, and taking care of pastures all of these activities were done by men. The only exception that I noticed was my aunt Maximina who was the owner of a pork slaughterhouse and where she was in charge of all of the financial and physical work that went into the business. I also noticed that most of the women were in charge of the household work, from cooking to cleaning to tending to children and small animals like chickens and small animals. Typical female dress in rural Mexico also consisted of skirts and aprons, very rarely did I notice that women wore pants even in the early mornings when the temperature was colder.
I wonder if in rural places in Latin America if women became financial providers for the family if the same trend mentioned in the article would happen?
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