Nuptiality in Latin America
FIGURE 1 ABOUT HERE
Perhaps this is as a good a place as any to note the apparent ambivalence
about sexual relations in Latin America.
On one extreme of a continuum one
might place machismo, an idea that includes male sexual conquest without
one might place a faithful marriage that can only be broken through the death
very concerned about honor and virility, and may be “somewhat formal and
restrained” with their children, even “stern and authoritarian” (Leonard and
ideals at the same time although they contradict each other (Ingoldsby 1991).
Marriage and machismo can and do coexist when there is the double standard
often had lower class queridas (sweethearts), sometimes in an ongoing
consensual relationship, is by no means unheard of perhaps because “often
there is little emphasis upon the companionate aspects of the marriage”
were supposed to find solace in their relationship with their children.
“Thus, the content of husband-wife conversation may hinge mostly on activities
of the children, local gossip and the activities of friends and relatives.
The husband is likely to belong to one or more clubs where he frequently goes
in the evening to discuss finances, philosophy and politics with friends and
involved” (Leonard and Louriero 1980).
Among the lower class, both men and women were supposed to be more free
from the constraints and privileges of formal marriage since they were often