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CAS 100 Student’s name: Austin Dycus Dr. Wiltberger Reading Response Sheet Name of text: Gender Author of text: Beatriz Cortez & Douglas Carranza Mena What is the main idea/thesis/argument in this text? Most of Central America still has strict institutionalized gender roles and anti-LGBT sentiments, despite the many contributions they have made throughout history. Provide explanations of five supporting ideas, evidence, and examples used by the author(s) to support the main idea. (If this is not a scholarly research article, but instead a piece of creative literature, film, radio interview, news story, etc., then break the work down into sections to explain the series of important events/ideas presented in the story, documentary, interview, episode, etc.). 1. Cortez and Mena explain that the cultural definition of gender in Central America still follows the binary model, where men are “powerful, independent, strong, intellectual and capable of leadership,” but Women’s roles are still linked to “private space, to subservient and complementary roles associated with physical beauty and greatly excluded from public space.” This definition has played a major role in limiting women’s participation in public office and society in general. 2. A variety of organizations across Central America have provided representation to its LGBT population, however, response to their political presence has been violent, resulting in death threats and actual beatings. Several opposing groups, such as the Christian Democratic Party and the Catholic church in El Salvador actually want to amend the country’s constitution to make it illegal for same-sex couples to marry and adopt children. 3. During the revolutionary era, women actually held positions of power and made integral contributions to the causes, especially among Indigenous organizations and labor unions. Most of these accomplishments were often downplayed and women had to struggle to get recognition for their role. After the revolutionary era though, the feminist movement was officially recognized and some nations elected their first female presidents in the late 1990s. What conclusion do you take from this? What are your own thoughts or critiques about the material?
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