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Latin communities have become a huge part of American Culture; theyâ€™ve influenced others with their music, with food, close knit families, with their culture and with their strength. Latinos however, have also assimilated into mainstream American society and these influences have resulted in drastic changes within the Male-Female roles of Chicanos today. Since before the Mexican American war (1846-48), Mexicanos have been part of America. Often discriminated against, theyâ€™ve risen to high political status, and have been leaders of social revolutions. Since then the Chicanos have changed from a mostly male dominant society to a more egalitarian one.
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Although this is still the ideology for some, it has become less and less prevalent for Chicanos , which are Americans born of Mexican descent. It is common now to see Mothers and Fathers who respect each other and this teaches their sons how to treat women, and their daughters how they should be treated. Often, sons and daughters of single mothers see firsthand how women are mistreated, and therefore learn how much it hurts. Men who grew up with single mothers especially seem to be sensitive about gender discrimination. Theyâ€™ve seen for themselves how their mother struggled and therefore it is important to emphasize that not all Chicano men fit this box society has placed them in. In fact, the machismo aspect has greatly faded within the culture, as well as the passiveness of their women.
Although there have been changes for both genders, it is the social roles of women which seem to have transformed the most. Women have fought â€“and are still fighting today- against sexism. Their fight has continued for hundreds of years worldwide and Chicanas in the United States fought back too. â€œDuring the Chicano liberation movement of 1965-75, open challenges to sexism began to be heard from Chicana participantsâ€(De Colores). While the movement centered on Chicanos in general, women found their voice in the struggle and advocated for
equality. They learned from one another and took these ideas home with them. The events leading up the Chicana movement are as follows.
After the Mexican American war of 1846-1848, the United States gained over half of Mexicoâ€™s land. Along with the addition of the U.S.â€™s new southwest came the Mexican people who were living in those territories at the time. These natives were severely discriminated against. The oppression continued, and the movement began in the 1960s. Many of the Chicanos were farm workers with low education. To make matters worse, students were not allowed to speak Spanish in school and the learning of English was required, therefore students often lost their primary language, and with a poor education many werenâ€™t even well taught in English. Students were then left without a fluent understanding of either language, this was often termed as the â€œlinguistic handicapâ€. Racism was also very much alive. Despite the fact that most people are aware of the harsh racism towards African Americas, few have seen photographs of the â€œNo Mexicanâ€™s Allowedâ€ signs. That part has conveniently evaded the history books. The Chicano movement owes much to the influences of the African American Civil Rights movement. Worldwide, there were millions of young adults tired of being oppressed, people of many nationalities, including the revolt in Cuba. The youth was inspired and a fire burned within off them to fight for change. In the U.S. Chicanos were fighting for the rights of farm workers. Caesar Chavez, along with others including his great friend, and feminist activist...