Macho Gringo: Mexican Masculinity Through Psychology, Films, and Time
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Masculinity and machismo are growing topics of interest in the scholarly world. Within the field of psychology, psychologists are attempting to study Mexican machismo in order to formulate some of the psychological factors that affect human behavior and to better evaluate this group of individuals. However in the process of studying machismo, these studies confused machismo with masculinity and have blurred the lines between machismo, masculinity and manhood. I examine how US imperialism in Mexico has affected psychologists’ perception of Mexican men and demonstrate that the theories behind machismo in these tests are applicable to a 1940’s patriarchal Mexico but not to the modern day Mexico that is changing its gender dynamic causing a shift in masculinity. By comparing the 1940’s Mexican films to the highest grossing Mexican movies in contemporary times, I will show the wide range of masculinities that vary according to geography, socioeconomic status, and gender dynamics. This study traces masculinity through a sociocultural and historical analysis of Mexico to help improve the assessment of machismo and masculinity within the Mexican population in future psychological tests.