The Latino Male: A Radical Redefinition

The Latino Male: A Radical Redefinition

The Latino Male: A Radical Redefinition

The Latino Male: A Radical Redefinition

Synopsis

Abalos boldly reconsiders what it means to be a Latino man in the United States today.

Excerpt

I want to tell my own story as a Chicano/Latino male struggling for transformation. Let your own experiences serve as your guide as I revision, reinterpret, and re-create my own experience as a Chicano/ Latino male in the United States. By proceeding in this personal way my hope is that it will help the reader to see not only my journey but also that of the Latino male as a member of la comunidad Latina struggling to re-create a more compassionate and just culture.

I would also like to revisit and re-vision terms and concepts that have profoundly affected our lives as Latino males, such as patriarchy, matriarchy, macho, masculine, and feminine, to consider how we as Latino males can achieve wholeness, that is, become human beings capable of participating in persistent creation. Many Latino males do not know what terms like masculine and feminine really mean. Even when they try to discuss the feminine or the masculine within each person, they are burdened with a specific masculine interpretation that permeates our language.

For a Latino male, to be a whole person is to be both masculine and feminine. By feminine or masculine I do not mean some human trait that can be arbitrarily designated as feminine or masculine. There has never been a single or monolithic way, nor even just a few ways, to express the masculine or the feminine. The terms represent two archetypal forces within each human being that have been radically deformed through the politics of gender roles, which attributes certain characteristics to women and others to men. The masculine and feminine make sense to us as a result of this distortion only as opposites, but they can remain in a potentially creative tension that may result in wholeness.

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