Masculinity In Mexican Culture Essay

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I agree with the statement that one form of masculinity is exalted culturally than the others. To understand more, we need to be culturally and socially informed about the exploitation of this masculinity or ‘machismo’ in Mexican society. This can be described as a group of behaviours or even the roles that is associated in which a man acts. Though both sexes can demonstrate masculine like behaviour including courage, independence and assertiveness. Yet, these traits can vary by location and are influenced by social and cultural factors. This leads to an overemphasis on the masculinity and the power they have, also perhaps having a disregard for consequences and responsibility that they may have from this machismo. In society, today, people are labelling each other and assumptions are made about genders and is part of socialization to meet the norms of the society. In this essay, I will
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The tension is always present in the film, despite its rough violation of the machismo. When the boys are in private country club which Tenoch’s father owns, portrays an intimate shower moment. Here, they demonstrate an interest in each other’s genital area. While mocking about the sizes and appearances of each other’s penises, they also call each other names such as ‘faggot’. This theme is briefly diffused by the introduction of the female character. In the last scene, we observe Tenoch and Julio share the mourning the loss of Luisa, and the loss of their sexual desire and love they once had for her. Tenoch’s choice to pursue gender conventions and reproduce his father’s sexualisation by taking the steps to inherit his father’s political power, further underscore the film’s tragic and melancholic ending (Amaya & Senio Blair,
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