Macho women exist, and these 5 attitudes define them
Machismo is a complex phenomenon that, over the centuries, has found different ways of expressing themselves. This means that in different cultures it is reflected through different attitudes and actions. However, there is another aspect that adds complexity to the issue: machismo is not only expressed in men.
And it is that the fruit of the inequality and millennial discrimination that women have suffered has also been reflected in the type of values, ideas and attitudes that many of them, like the rest of society, have adopted.
Macho women are a reality , although their ideas about gender roles put them in the spotlight. This article is dedicated to exploring some of the basic actions and ideas through which this sexism manifests itself.
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Why are there macho women?
We must bear in mind that machismo, being the product of a collective phenomenon and not individual, can not be analyzed as it is done, for example, with the experimentation of pain. Most people avoid painful situations, but machismo does not have to have immediate negative consequences for the women who reproduce it.
Thus, being a woman is totally compatible with being macho, at least in practice, although in the long run it hurts her. But Obviously, this does not mean that these should be criminalized ; At the end of the day, their actions harm them, feeding the rigidity of the gender roles in which the female gender has reserved the worst part.
The awareness and improvement of the material subsistence situations of these people should be the objective, but for this it is necessary. know how to detect internalized misogyny that occurs in people of both sexes.
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Sexist attitudes that appear in some women
These are some behavioral patterns that occur relatively commonly in sexist women. All of them are also presented, with some variations, in macho men, but there are some nuances that are worth taking into account in the first case, since in this internalized misogyny is usually more subtle.
1. Criticize others judging them for their sex life
Women with internalized misogyny may come to judge others very harshly for no reason, simply because in their opinion they do not adapt well to their gender roles. Y one of the most ingrained gender roles is that of the person oriented towards the private and family environment, in which all the sexual and reproductive potential must be exclusive of one man.
As much as we have already gone through the decade of supposed sexual liberation, the idea that women should preserve their virginity until marriage continues to leave a mark on the morals of many people.
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2. They judge negatively women who get promotions
As we have seen, the traditional role of women has been confined to the domestic sphere . That is why, in the case of the female gender, the possibility of carving out a career is seen as a phase prior to marriage and, therefore, something in which it does not make sense to invest many efforts and time.
That's why women who are promoting and progressing in their careers they are viewed with suspicion for those who have internalized misogyny, among which are machista women.
3. Assume that motherhood is destiny
According to traditional standards, reproduction is the raison d'être of women. In addition, it is not about any type of reproduction, but that which goes hand in hand with the nuclear family model: husband, wife and children. It is common that all the mental complexity of the female gender is intended to reduce to the tasks related to the care of children emphasizing the role of genes or "the feminine essence" above learning or the freedom to choose other ways of life.
Thus, these people use their position as women to speak with authority to point out what is female and what is not, making it establish a kind of competition to find a husband and have children before passing a certain threshold of age, and allowing himself the luxury of criticizing those who do not follow these rules of the game.
4. They make paying expensive the exit of youth
As from a macho perspective aesthetics speaks a lot about the value of women (as reproductive elements that are supposed to be), those women who pass a certain age are ridiculed and underestimated by it. Is a type of discrimination that points to what one is, not to what one is doing , just like racism.
5.Fiercely monitor compliance with beauty canons
For the same reason that we have seen in the previous section, the macho woman looks with magnifying glass at the possible aesthetic imperfections that occur in the others, and they point them out publicly. The result is an increase in social pressure that directs the female gender towards an obsession with beauty in its smallest details.