Alternative Title

The Good and the Bad: A Critical Analysis of Mexican-American Machismo


This feminist research project examines how Machismo has positively and negatively influenced the lives of Mexican-American women in Chicago between the ages of 18 and 60. The methodology used throughout this research project was a qualitative approach where ten interviews were conducted. The interviews were in-depth interviews, and they were completed in person. Using Feminista and Mujerista epistemology, the works of Gloria Anzaldua, and the shared experiences of my participants, I had the opportunity to analyze Machismo and share how it has impacted individuals in various ways. I have found that it is not common for individuals to have positive experiences with Machismo; It was more common for individuals to share experiences when discussing negative incidents with Machismo. Additionally, I have found how my participants believed that men should not be the only individuals who are considered to be Machistas. Many believed that the oppressors and the oppressed could both be considered Machistas when presenting acceptance of the beliefs and behaviors aligned with Machismo. It has been proven through the participants’ interviews and research that individuals are beginning to reclaim their identity by breaking barriers and forming an identity that allows them to challenge the instilled beliefs and behaviors that align with Machismo.


Sikk, Helis


Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies


Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies


Machismo, Marianismo, Chicago

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Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

Document Type

Senior Independent Study Thesis



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