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The other day I was talking to a friend of mine about the situation of women in Latin America and wondering which way emancipation will go. She is a Costa Rican psychologist and – as I was educated in Europe – I find it always inspiring to learn about Latin American scientific views and outlooks. Her personal experience is that she is still living in macho society and is in no way treated as an equal. Yet, admittedly, she is able to lead a more or less independent life; that is, if you consider the plain fact of being able to live alone without a husband, as independence. Well, it’s definitely where independance begins. But there is a lot to be done in terms of attitude towards women, let alone promotion of women to positions where they have a voice and influence. I’m talking about jobs and politics.

However, my friend pointed out a paper that deals with the topic and male attitudes and investigates about the reproduction of a patriarchal society in Latin America.

The paper is called “Explotación sexual comercial y masculinidad”. The “Organización Internacional del Trabajo” put the full paper online as a pdf, over 200 pages strong (Explotación sexual comercial y masculinidad pdf). I hope to be able to read it soon. But currently, I have other books on my nighttable, desperately waiting to be read…

If anyone read the paper or plans to, I’d be grateful for your sharing your thoughts. Gracias!