Saturday, January 29, 2005


I enjoyed reading this essay by Rose Del Castillo Guilbault about "macho" in the U.S. and in Mexico. Excerpts:
... That an insensitive, insanely jealous, hard-drinking, violent Latin male is referred to as macho makes Hispanics cringe.

"Es muy macho," the women in my family nod approvingly, describing a man they respect. But in the United States, when women say, "He's so macho," it's with disdain.

The Hispanic macho is manly, responsible, hardworking, a man in charge, a patriarch. A man who expresses strength through silence. What the Yiddish language would call a mensch.

The American macho is a chauvinist, a brute, uncouth, selfish, loud, abrasive, capable of inflicting pain, and sexually promiscuous. Quintessential macho models in this country are Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Charles Bronson...

If the Hispanic ideal of macho were translated to American screen roles, they might be Jimmy Stewart, Sean Connery, and Laurence Olivier. ...

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At 9:05 PM, Blogger Jay said...

I always thought that Jimmy Stewart, at least the roles he played, was the ideal of the way a man should behave....honest, idealistic, and a touch of boy inside. I don't act that way as much as I should. I do look and sound a bit like Sean Connery though. least I have silver hair and an accent....okay...a Southern drawl.


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