Mexico Gender Roles

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Gender roles and stereotypes “The UN estimates that, at the current rate of progress, women worldwide will have to wait until the year 2490 to achieve equality with men in high-paid, high-power, high-prestige positions at work.”(Fiona Macdonald). All around the world, women have had to fight for equal opportunities and rights. In a Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen, Nora faces a law that discriminates against her because she is a woman. Specific gender roles and stereotypes found in A Doll’s House can also be seen in Mexican culture as a result of the Mexican Revolution: men are expected to keep up the appearance of machismo: “a strong sense of masculine pride”, women are expected to be housewives, and be submissive to their husbands. Mexico and Latin America in general has very…show more content…
Men are head of the household and women are behind the scenes. The only things married women are limited to are operating the home and taking care of the children. Women have to work hard to maintain an attractive home, stay updated on cooking recipes and finding new ways to keep a youthful, attractive look for their husbands to keep them satisfied. Society’s low expectations of women can encourage young girls not to seek higher education and depend entirely on a future spouse. In the same way Mexican women are expected to be stay at home mothers, Torvald has the same expectation of Nora. Throughout the play, Torvald is always referring to Nora with pet names such as “my little squirrel” or “little skylark”, which shows how Torvald sees Nora as a child and not capable of handling bigger responsibilities. Nora is expected to only serve as a decoration for her husband and be the only one who tends to her children. In the play, Torvald is never seen interacting with his children. This is similar to Mexico’s expectation of women being the only ones who care for the home and

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