machismo affects both men and women

How machismo affects both men and women

A topic that always causes controversy, especially since differences of opinion are often based on different concepts. Its about sexism More than a posture taken consciously, seems to result from impositions established by the company.

And it is that there are those who consider that the macho -or the macho- not born, but it does. It is an attitude of supremacy, of prepotency, of men over women It has its origin from the first civilizations. Yet today it has become so apparent that it is’just a supposed difference“, Which have been given names such as”sexist violence». The biggest problem remains that some women still see machismo as “normal.”

Development of machismo

In the first human communities, the social organization equated men and women in responsibilities. Basically it was the group that was in charge of all the activities, without considering differences between sexes. All the tasks of subsistence and education of the descendants were shared. There was no awareness of paternity, since the only relationship that could be established was between the female and the young.

This led to value the protection of the female so, over time, they stopped being exposed to certain activities. The female exercised practical authority in the community, as she was the one who constantly remained with the young.

Nevertheless, social and cultural changes that began to develop in the first human communities Stable led to monogamous unions. Thus the conscience of paternity appears, since the man manages to recognize the offspring as his own. His work now consists of finding the resources for the family group and its protection.

Now the authority over the offspring also belongs to the man, who begins to exercise his supremacy due to the dependence of the woman. Women can no longer support themselves, so they are no longer autonomous with respect to men. Then, patriarchal society and machismo appear.

Rise of machismo

There is no one unique explanation for the rise of sexism for 10,000 years and that it has only been in the last century when it has been questioned. Hypotheses that are based on physical strength, propensity to violence or the genetics of men are not entirely convincing.

There are actually biological differences between men and women, but these differences do not explain the existence of a social power. The subject is complex because it responds to many and very varied approaches and, probably, there is not a single answer. In its most extreme case, machismo conceives women as objects at the service of man’s satisfaction and that is difficult to explain.

Machismo as a “method of torture”

Machismo in women

Many times machismo is more ingrained in women that in men and they are the ones who instill it and even promote it. There is a high percentage of women, mainly in less developed countries, who consider that men have a “right” to do whatever they want with them.

Physical and emotional abuse are accepted as normal in a relationship. And women can come to think that they deserve the abuse because they wanted it. But you don’t have to go to extremes. Many women consider that their meaning is in satisfying the tastes of men. Another macho belief of women? They are not realized until they are mothers, because their “main function” is procreation.

Machismo in men

«Man is always right“Or”he is the one who must decide»Are phrases on which many macho men base their supposed superiority (which of course is NOT such). There are also attitudes that are not allowed in men, on pain of being considered “a little woman.” About 50 years ago it was very common to hear the phrase “men do not cry” and it was almost impossible for a man to help with housework.

In official documents, housework was considered to be “sex-specific activities,” of course, only for the female sex. Even today, in some societies more than in others, man is conditioned to demonstrate certain attitudes. Profanity comments, indiscreet glances and sexist teasing are common in Latin American societies, even regardless of their social level.

And then, does maleness affect men?

Sexist violence towards men

Yeah it sounds strange but exists. Is the violence which is exercised on those men who do not show the “typical” macho attitude. I mean, they do not show the attitude that society, completely erroneously, has determined that males “must have”.

For these men it can be highly stressful to try to hide their emotions from aspects considered trivial. But it is that, in both men and women, there are individuals more sensitive than others and that is part of human diversity. It should also be noted that sexist violence against men does not come only from men, but can be exercised by a sexist woman.

How far to accept?

The sexist revolution has led to misrepresent aspects related to this, which produce tensions in the relationships between men and women.

Is a compliment from a man to a woman allowed? And vice versa? Should men’s and women’s own jobs be defined based exclusively on their biological differences? Are there really biological differences? Is it impossible to reverse the social conditioning ingrained for 10 centuries? Should machismo be eradicated or should everyone be left to decide on its validity? Is machismo related to educational level? To what extent is the use of inclusive language valid to make women visible?

The issue is in full swing due to the emergence of movements like #MeToo, driven mainly against sexual harassment and violence. However, it should not be overlooked that machismo goes further and that it not only affects women, but also men.

Perhaps, in the future, a balance can be reached, where differences are truly eliminated and we simply treat each other as human beings.

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