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August 16th, 2010

Whose Role Is It?

Hispanic-American singles discuss shifting gender roles


The Bible may advocate the idea that the man is the head of the household, but how does this generation of Hispanic-American singles view this concept? Where does this leave women who make more money than their husbands? Are we mistaking typical Latin “machismo” for church teaching? My Cuban mother once told me it would be my duty to iron my husband’s shirts, if and when I got married. Really? My “duty”?

In a fast-paced world where even Brooks Brothers — one of the oldest American clothing institutions — has responded by manufacturing non-iron shirts, should we adapt as well? And more importantly, how does upholding these gender roles help or hurt us?

To answer these questions, recently I spoke to one of my best friends and fellow Latina single, Liza Fernandez.

The Author : Nathalia Ortiz
Nathalia Ortiz is a TV producer and reporter who has worked at Univision Network and several News 12 stations. She is presently working for the first daily Catholic news show called Currents on the NET network. She is also a young, single Catholic who recently moved to New York City.
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  • Philip

    If a woman has to do the asking, the man is not MAN enough to be with that woman. Women deserve men who take the initiative.

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