How is machismo present in education?
Machismo is a cultural and social historical behavior that is still present in our society, and also in education.
When we talk about gender inequality, many believe that it is an exaggeration and that in our country this no longer happens. But it is very important to emphasize and explain that no, we are not a country with gender equality, like so many others that are also alert and in movement for this cultural adjustment.
As much as we do not have a radical behavior of submission of women in front of men as we read and saw in other regions and cultures, we live yes and still an intense and rooted behavior of machismo, which involves both men and women.
The machismo of every day
Machismo is present in everyday life and in actions and thoughts that seem small, but generate a social self-impact, because they demean the woman / girl and praise the man / boy. It always happens that a girl or woman hears that she can not do or speak or use something for being a girl, as well as earning a lower salary for being a woman and a mother, while men and boys are allowed to do, talk, use, drink, not to control themselves, to earn a higher salary, not to take care of the house and children, because they are men or boys. This is machismo!
Understanding the concept and the presence of machismo in our life, we can think that machismo is passed from father to son, from school to student, because it is a cultural teaching. And it does not happen in books, techniques or booklets, but through acts and words linked to moral and social values, are information absorbed psychically and emotionally and that will be part of the human being (male or female) throughout their lives, dictating unconsciously their attitudes, thoughts, feelings, and choices, so they can repeat what has been learned.
I am not here questioning the education each family gives their children or even school pedagogies, I am just inviting everyone to think about how much this is a
Every time a parent or school trying to take care of them, it is a matter of learning, since it is cultural, that is, passed from generation to generation, from time to time, from father to son, from school to student. defending or preserving a girl and says that she can not do something, wear certain clothes, talk somehow or must change something for being a girl, is being sexist. Every time a family or school explains that a boy does something, that he talks in a certain way, that he acts in a certain way, that he can not contain his hormones and desires, all because he's a boy, he's being macho too. How to reverse this?
But what to do then to minimize the impacts of a sexist society on the education of our children? How can parents and schools educate children who do not surrender to machismo and thus collaborate with a more equal means?
There is no single way or technique to follow, however there are some points worth putting here so you can at least think about:
Rethink about what they want from their children and students, if they really believe that boys and girls are the same. Without this, it is no use to go ahead because it is a cultural issue.
- Beware of your words and attitudes that might highlight that boys and girls are different. Example: Speaking profanity because you are a boy and then okay, or having to sit behaving for being a girl, as well as saying that a girl cries and a boy does not, that girls are sensitive and intelligent and that boys are terrible and disobedient, or even that a boy must take care of the girl because she is fragile and delicate and he strong and powerful. The reverse also creates conflicts, that the girl for being delicate and defenseless must want a strong, intelligent, strong boyfriend who protects and supports. These examples all seem small, but they teach that differences between genders are always on one side being powerful and special while the other is worth less and should be submissive.
- Teach girls to trust in themselves, to like themselves, and to discover their potentials, to be no less and no more than boys, only to be them and how valuable is this.
- Teach boys to understand that they are as valuable as girls are, as they are human beings, who must respect girls, not because they are less, fragile or defenseless, but because they deserve respect for who they are. They may even be heroes (boys love being heroes and this is not a problem), but they are not saviors of the world, let's remember that there is a diversity of heroes, boys and girls, and that together they save the world. Boys are no more and no less than girls.
- One point is fact, machismo is no longer seen as it was a long time ago, although it still exists (and perhaps always exists) it is no longer accepted without question, the women do not accept more quiet and submissive than their values of being human being less than of the men.
Many men also bother when they are faced with such situation and are defenders of the equality of genres, that is, of the feminism, since they do not want that their mothers, sisters, girlfriends, wives, daughters are less because they are simply the female gender.
Changes are happening, but it will still take time for us to reap some more effective results that preach gender equality. A culture is made of history, time, a society and new generations that present new possibilities, it is very important to know this, because we can use what we know and also create new possibilities for the future that we want today. Let's think about it?
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