Against Marianismo

  • Marysa Navarro


Marianismo was a concept first used by the political scientist Evelyn P. Stevens in an essay entitled “Marianismo: The Other Face of Machismo” (1973a). She defined marianismo as “the cult of female spiritual superiority which teaches that women are semi-divine, morally superior to and spiritually stronger than men.” She asserted that marianismo like machismo existed throughout the continent, although marianismo may have been unknown and/or misunderstood when Stevens set out to reveal its importance to Latin Americans and North Americans alike. But it soon found a receptive audience among the latter and beyond and continues to be referenced by scholars writing on Latin American women and even Latina issues.1


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