“Despite her modesty and vigilance of society, women is always vulnerable…She is submissive and open by nature” (Paz,38) The role of women has only been in question however one thing many see is that women are inferior to men in society. Through the life of a Quiche women in Guatemala to a rich educated woman in Mexico one thing that connects both was there status to men. In Latin America this is most apparent with the idea of machismo. However, through the book The Labyrinth of Solitude by Octavo Paz fails to look at women through her own perspective. In the reading from Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz looks beyond the limitations of women not as being weak but suppressed from the social order. She fights back against those who believe women are nothing more than child bearers but equal intellectuals. Women in Latin America are strong yet, they are oppressed which can be seen years ago and in the reading of this course.
Women are seen as inferior not by nature but social norms within the church. In the movie I, the Worst of All focuses on the life of Sor Juana Ines De La Cruz. She was born in 1648 in Mexico where she grew up in a wealth family. In her early life she was a part of the courts before she entered the convent by the year 1669. Sor Juana was a self-taught intellect who would rather become a nun in order to not be married. Through her life time she has created many poems and plays which reflect her own views. Her ideas are expressed largely in the Response to the Most Illustrious Poetess Sor Filotea de la Cruz where she openly critiques the church through the role of gender. Men in the Catholic church hold massive power while the women must follow unconditionally. In the mo...
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...other Latin countries, few women hold positions of power with in the country. Furthermore, machismo plays a significant role in the oppression of women where men must express their masculinity to assert his place. However, through violence women are subjected to violence which is the ultimate act of putting a woman in “her place”. Women are more than just mothers but women who have their own person. A male does not define the way a woman should be. Women like Sor Juana did the thing she loved most was to right but most importantly to gain knowledge. Education is fundamental in establishing oneself in society. While Octavo Paz does make an interesting point about hijos de la Chigada he defines Mexican women in one category which is not true. Women are not submissive by nature but because of society and ideas about machismo women are oppressed even in the present day.
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