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Hot Topic Response: Is machismo a problem in our culture?

Yes, I do. In fact, I think it can be seen all over the world and in different types of cultures. However, it feels more prominent and obvious within our own culture because that's what we encounter day in and day out (especially in a border city where our culture is the majority).
The idea of a machismo provides mixed feelings for most of us, though. As a woman, I love my independence and to believe that my husband and I are a team. 50/50 in our relationship, so to speak. But, any time I see him lift something he knows is too heavy for me, or when he claims that he would 'defend' my honor if ever in question, I can't help but feel a sense of pride and admiration for him!
But as soon as he gets silly the feelings change. My hubby knows how to push my buttons so he will try to be funny by making little comments like "the wife should listen to the husband and not question him", and this is when my claws come out, my face turns tomatoe red, and I'm ready to attack! Then he'll bust out laughing because he knows that what he's said is in fact all wrong and not at all what he's all about...and yet I seem to fall for it quite often;)
This is the irony, though. I would say that in both instances he is being (to some degree) machismo. But my reactions are two totally different extremes. So where does that leave our men? Are they supposed to see machismo actions/attitude as a plus or a negative?
RM

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