Altering Masculinities: The Spanish Conquest and the Evolution of the Latin American Machismo

  title={Altering Masculinities: The Spanish Conquest and the Evolution of the Latin American Machismo},
  author={Michael Hardin},
  journal={International Journal of Sexuality and Gender Studies},
  • M. Hardin
  • Published 2002
  • Political Science
  • International Journal of Sexuality and Gender Studies
Machismo, a stereotype that emphasizes hypermasculinity and associated with the Latin American male, was a legacy of the Conquest of the Spanish conquistadores and their interpretation of and reaction to the indigenous two-spirit. It was the product of the rape of indigenous women, the response to indigenous imperial ritual, and the sublimation of indigenous male sexuality. It was a response to social and religious control of the male body. As such, it is not something that is easily eradicated… 
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