The New Oxford American Dictionary defines "machismo" as strong or aggressive masculine pride. Does this definition even begin to explain everything that machismo encompasses? Machismo, especially in a border town, is inordinate. Stories have been heard about men not letting their wives work because the woman's place is "in the kitchen." Even worse cases of machismo are seen in domestic violence, not only in the Hispanic culture, but in any other culture. Cases of rape and murders of women in Juarez, Mexico have been called incidents of machismo, because the men believe they are superior to the women and women are just objects to be used once.
With all this in mind, is machismo a problem in our culture? YES! If women are getting hurt in any way, it is definitely a problem. No one should have any sort of right to hurt another human only to prove masculinity. Machismo can also be seen as a form of oppression, especially when the woman is prevented from doing what she wants because her male relative or husband believes that she is there for his use. This should never be right or accepted, but, sadly, it is.
Hispanic culture has been known to have domineering male figures within a community. This has been "tradition" for a countless number of years, but now it has gone too far. If might have been acceptable when education was not accessible, but now that is no longer an excuse. It is time for women to fight back and say NO to machismo and stand up for themselves. When women emit confidence, domineering men are less likely to try and take control of them. So be confident and don't let machismo become more than an overcome problem!