Andrew Kimbrell's 'Masculine Mystique'

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Importantly, another contributing factor to men oppression is racial factors. Various inequalities exist between people of different races, and men are vulnerable to mistreatment arising from ethical, cultural and color differences. In most cases, the minority groups always suffer, for example, in the US history the blacks were subjected to more suffering than the white due to what is believed to be race superiority. In his book, Andrew Kimbrell ‘ ' Masculine Mystique ' ' indicate the oppression that the African Americans underwent in search of good jobs, homes and a better life for their families (Kimbrell 47). Also in the Native Son story, Bigger is being oppressed due to his race as he is a black American; he even works for a white…show more content…
Men are also vulnerable to oppression in cases where they are not allowed to make independent choices on matters that directly or indirectly affect them. It is always right to allow an individual to make personal choices on issues that directly or indirectly affect them, failure to do so, the decision made on such matter will in one way or another oppress the person involved. For example, from This is How You Lose Her stories, it is clear that Junior engages in various activities directly to impress Magdalena, for instance, he is not into dancing but because he wants to maintain his love relationship with Magdalena, Junior attend salsa dancing classes (Diaz 53). Also, Bigger is subjected by his mother to work for a white, something that he does not like due to racial differences between the whites and the black and the general view that whites mistreat the blacks. It is also important to indicate that failing to allow people to air their views is a form of oppression. In the Chronicle of a Death Foretold story, this abuse is evidenced by the murder of Santiago Nasar with the claims that he took away Angela 's virginity. From the story, the opportunity to testify whether the allegation was valid or not was denied to Santiago Nasar (Marquez 117). Santiago 's friends played a significant role in bringing about the theme of male oppression because though they knew the murder plot, no one including his girlfriend told him about it. In fact, his friend Flora Miguel had already judged him without listening to his side of story evidenced by her telling him ‘…I hope they kill you… ' (Marquez 69). From the quote, it is evidence that Santiago was not given the opportunity to either agree or disagree to the allegation, but rather actions against him were taken without his
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