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Unit 4: Cuban Revolution/Gender Men and Women in Latin America 19 th century ideal Latin American family Ideal = similar to colonial ideal Corporatism defined families; it is a theological and political principle that states that in society there are several self-sustained corporations which interact and cooperate with each other fr the greater good of society; corporations include military, Church, merchants, guilds of artisans, and of course family o A corporation has the right to regulate the conduct of its own members and no one has the right to tell the corporation how to run itself Patriarchal families: men rule, but women are morally superior o Women are expected to sacrifice everything for the sake of their families, and this inevitably includes suffering o This sacrifice endows upon her a mantle of moral superiority; this is why to speak of another’s mother negatively is socially unacceptable o She accepts that she may not be the proper outlet for her husbands sexual satisfaction, introducing the role of the mistress o Mistress: she is also a being that is morally and physically weak, prone to lust and evil o All women are potentially evil lusty and unreasonable until they submit to the guidance and authority of a man o Women are instinctual beings, men are rational ones European categories: extended family, ritual kinship (compadre/padrino)
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