de Juan B. Leone - una escultura en el Caminito en La Boca ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
"The culture expects women to show greater acceptance of, and commitment to, the value system than men. The culture and the Church insist that women are subservient to males. If a woman rebels she is a "mujer mala." If a woman doesn't renounce herself in favor of the male, she is selfish. If a woman remains a virgin until she marries, she is a good woman. For a woman of my culture there used to be only three directions she could turn: to the Church as a nun, to the streets as a prostitute, or to the home as a mother. Today some of us have a fourth choice: entering the world by way of education and career and becoming a self-autonomous persons. A very few of us. As a working class people our chief activity is to put food in our mouths, a roof over our heads, and clothes on our backs. Educating our children is out of reach for most of us. Educated or not, the onus is still on woman to be a wife/ mother- only the nun can escape motherhood. Woman are made to feel total failures if they don't marry and have children." - Gloria Anzaldúa
-An excerpt from Borderlands, La Frontera; The New Mestiza: Cultural Tyranny- the expectations of Chicana women deriving from a culture molded by those in power-men ..................................................
-thank you @apexfreaky gifting me this book which has already made such an impact & exposed aspects of Latina/o history that I would've never known before (and I am less than halfway through)