In the Mexican workplace, women do not enjoy as many benefits as men do. There may be a more level playing field than in generations past, but there are still taboos and stereotypes to be overcome. And really, the situation is the same in most countries of the world. To me, this is sexism.
But is it “sexist” to participate in social events that only men or women are allowed to attend, or to send your children to schools where only boys or girls are enrolled, or frequent clubs that only admit one sex or the other?
Men and women should have equal rights, and they have many interests in common, but they also have different ones. I’d have to drag Jorge kicking and screaming to a women’s club gathering and he’d have to offer up some pretty serious ante to get me near a boxing match. I am escorting a women’s tour to Mexico City and Chiapas and I doubt many gents would be interested in the itinerary we have planned.
Mexican women have an extremely strong bond. The relationship between sisters, mothers, grandmothers, aunts, cousins and girl friends is so close. Here women are physically affectionate; they protect, nurture and encourage one another. They are proud of their sons and they dote on them – but they invest their souls in their daughters. They don’t love one more or less; the love is just “different.”
The French say: “vive la difference.” The Mexican equivalent is “¡Por las mujeres!” I think that says something… but I don’t think it is sexist.