Mexican Women Essay

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HSP 3085 02/22/12 History of US-Mexico Relations Julia Bondar Response Paper # 1 5. Feminine iconography: women’s contribution to Mexican culture. Literature on the live and thoughts of Mexicans contributes a lot of its context to the feminine image in Mexican culture. Similarly to the Western world, where women are being categorized as either disobedient Eve from the bible or Virginal Mary, the Mexican women are permitted to have two roles. In this example, the role of Malinche, who is considered traitor and mistress of Cortes the conqueror, or the role of Lady Guadalupe, who is on the other hand rendered as innocent and pure, playing important role for the human salvation. In Latin American culture women were almost excluded from the arts, politics and economy. Role of women was evidently to rear and bear children, therefore they have been treated as second class citizens, not possessing significant respect, and importance in the society. However, as a result of the female involvement in the path of liberation and self-assertion, role of women became more recognized and valued. This can be perfectly shown through example of the famous Frida Kahlo, who became widely known for her self-portraits, often expressing physical pain and suffering through symbolism. Frida Kahlo was a Mexican painter who depicted the indigenous culture of her country in a style combining Realism, Symbolism and Surrealism. A number of women artists in the United States have been stirred by Kahlo. People whose artwork seems to have nothing to do with hers are nevertheless quick to acknowledge her importance to them: they gained strength from comprehending that she persisted in painting her small, autobiographical works at a time when muralism dominated the Mexican art scene. They admired her also because she dealt with the problems

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