Radio26.Cu – Matanzas, Cuba


Micromachisms: a common practice

Gloria Machado León 26 noviembre, 2016

More than 98 percent of women and girls have ever suffered from gender-based violence. On many of these occasions, physical or psychological abuse has not even been used; Only a phrase, sometimes so ordinary and common, can be one of the frequent examples of the legitimacy of the patriarchal system in society.

So that this phenomenon constantly reproduced by them and even by them is present in the daily conversations, in the life of couple, in the popular speech.

Harmful words, sharp and even cataloged as aggressive before science that called them micromachisms. Expressions that lacerate the female figure in favor of male patterns, so it is often heard:

“You eat a lot to be a girl.”
“When you grow up your father will have to go out with you to get the boys off.”
“Your husband cooks? You have it well trained. ”
“Do you plan to work after the baby is born?”
“Those clothes are too short for you.”
“I do not want you to fix yourself so much.”
“You must have been beautiful when you were young.”

They are micromachisms, schemes of thoughts that language has simplified to impose and maintain dominance and superiority, reaffirm or regain that domain to continue relegating women to the plane of the house, submission and demonstrate that life revolves around them .

A practice of violence so subtle that goes unnoticed, but reflects and perpetuates macho attitudes and inequality of women compared to men.

Essence and basis of the other forms of gender violence or gender violence: psychological, emotional, physical, sexual and economic aggression.

The first step to combat this small but big problem is to recognize it, to prevent women from being minimized, to be reduced, to be subordinated to the mandates or designs of the manly figure. Know to identify the phenomenon and once and for all to say Never again.

Cuba says No to gender violence

This November 25th marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, a date instituted by the United Nations Assembly since the end of the 20th century. It reminds us of the Mirabal sisters, who fought for women’s rights in the Dominican Republic.

The struggle for gender equity has been one of Cuba’s achievements since the very moment of the revolutionary triumph. A clearly delineated line with the aim of weighting women and revitalizing their role in society.

Thus we could cite the advances of a women’s organization such as the Federation of Cuban Women (FMC), in addition to a constitution that recognizes the equality of all people and the campaigns to educate the population in this matter.

In this regard comments the specialist in gender issues Lizette Vila:

“I believe that the Cuban social project has a series of institutions, networks that are working on this issue of non-violence, is a latent issue that needs constant monitoring to have a space of support and solidarity specifically with girls, children , To combat the effects of violence that is often naturalized.

The director of Project Paloma also talks about the most immediate spaces that Cuban women have for the defense of their rights:

“Women have our rights as Cuban citizens to go to places, to denounce and do it with dignity, which is what women want. In this sense and in the aid of associations in the neighborhoods, the Committees for the Defense of the Revolution, the Federation of Cuban Women, the head of the sector; We have it all; I feel very happy because we really have overcome a lot. “

Gender violence is a subject that is impregnated with subjectivity in an essentially patriarchal culture. It is therefore a daily task to enhance the value of women.



Original text by on Nov 26th, 2016


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