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Sandinist Impact on Nicuaraguan Gender Relations


John-Paul Wilson

St. John’s University
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Over the centuries, three streams of cultural attitudes have shaped gender relations in Central America. Men, as result of Spanish machismo, have developed greater sense of invincibility that has guarded them against vulnerability; whereas women, as a result of their more submissive roles, have been more vulnerable and subject to greater instances of social discrimination in comparison to the Spanish male. The Moorish occupation of the Iberian peninsula has further colored gender attitudes to the extent that women have often been considered “sinful from birth [and] must be subdued with a stick and guided by the ‘reins of religion’.”

How to Cite: Wilson, J.-P., (2010). Sandinist Impact on Nicuaraguan Gender Relations. Middle Atlantic Review of Latin American Studies. 24(2), pp.5–18. DOI:
Published on 01 Jan 2010.
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