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The Maria paradox : how Latinas can merge Old World traditions with New World self-esteem

Author: Rosa Maria Gil; Carmen Inoa Vazquez
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, ©1996.
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The Maria Paradox introduces, for the first time in mainstream psychological literature, the concept of marianismo, which defines the Hispanic woman's traditional social role just as machismo ordains how the ideal man should behave. Among the chief dictates of marianismo are self-sacrifice, passivity, and utter submission to male authority. In the old country, marianismo afforded a woman a level of protection as  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Handbooks and manuals
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Gil, Rosa Maria, 1962-
Maria paradox.
New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, ©1996
(OCoLC)654604015
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Rosa Maria Gil; Carmen Inoa Vazquez
ISBN: 0399141596 9780399141591
OCLC Number: 33357934
Description: x, 273 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: "Do not forget a woman's place" : Old World vs. new life --
"Do not forsake tradition" : staying Latina vs. going Angla --
"Do not be single, self-supporting, or independent-minded" : enforcing marianismo vs. forging a personally saitsfying lifestyle --
"Do not put your own needs first" : selflessness vs. self-fullness --
"Do not wish for more in life than being a housewife" : the world of work vs. the world of home --
"Do not forget that sex is for making babies, not for pleasure" : Old World marriage vs. real-life passion --
"Do not be unhappy with your man, no matter what he does to you" : noble martyr vs. nueva marianista --
"Do not ask for help" : superwoman mother vs. healthy human --
"Do not discuss personal problems outside the home" : struggling alone vs. finding support --
"Do not change" : going with the flow vs. making waves.
Responsibility: Rosa Maria Gil and Carmen Inoa Vazquez.

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The Maria Paradox introduces, for the first time in mainstream psychological literature, the concept of marianismo, which defines the Hispanic woman's traditional social role just as machismo ordains how the ideal man should behave. Among the chief dictates of marianismo are self-sacrifice, passivity, and utter submission to male authority. In the old country, marianismo afforded a woman a level of protection as wife and mother and gave her a certain power as well as respect. In North America, marianismo is the invisible yoke that bonds intelligent, ambitious Latinas to a no-win lifestyle. It insists they live in an outdated world which perpetuates a value system equating perfection with submission. When Latinas in North America find themselves thus conflicted between their own expectations of a woman's life and those harbored by their families and native cultures, they experience crises of self-esteem - which are actually cultural collisions. In a lively, anecdotal manner, the authors show how to recognize these clash points and then transform them into healthy compromises, whether the issue is balancing career and family demands; turning the traditional marriage into a partnership; awakening and accepting one's own sexuality; seeking help with emotional problems outside the family; or learning to stand up for one's feelings and rights.

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