Seriously, I'm asking. Is that a conversation we had here? I remember a conversation about it. Could have been somewhere else, though.
Mexico's efforts to end violence against women stymied by macho culture
By Franco Ordonez, McClatchy Newspapers
Tue May 13, 4:08 PM ET
MEXICO CITY — Martha couldn't take the beatings anymore. She visited local police three times last year to report that her husband was punching her in the stomach so hard she could barely breathe. Each time, the police told her they could do nothing unless she returned with cuts and bruises.
Discouraged and fearful, Martha, 43, who asked that her last name not be published for fear of retribution from her husband, in March packed some clothes and left. She's lived with three different relatives since.
"There were times I didn't want to wake up," she said, crying. "I wanted it to stop. I wanted to die."
Every day thousands of Mexican women suffer physical and psychological abuse at the hands of their spouses, despite a federal law passed over a year ago to protect them. Nearly one-third of the country's 31 states still haven't adopted the law, which requires Mexican law enforcement to punish acts of violence against women. Even where the law has been adopted, it's not being applied, say legislators and activists.
That's because, despite an official push to move beyond the cliche image of macho, Mexico is still very much a man's world when it comes to violence against women.
So, I bring this up because, I was once accused of being racist when talking about the aggressiveness in which Mexicans tend to hit on women. My response was that we can recognize cultural differences without being racist. Mexicans just so happen to have a rather machismo culture. ^Here's my proof. :p