When asked to think of a “manly-man,” most lend their thoughts to the image of a buff robust figure, fearless in an act of danger. This notion of what a man is is also frequently portrayed across media platforms on the daily. Though, in originality, the topic of manliness often draws from machismo, the capsulation of what it means for one to be ‘manly’. The principles of machismo trace their roots from Spanish and Portuguese descent, a more in-depth ideology of the word macho, or to be manly.
My Wikipedia article takes a focus on the concepts of both Machismo and Caballerosidad, two notions of what masculinity means in a cultural sense in Latin America. This article does do a good job of shifting its focus to and from a variety of different cultures all of which have been participants or contributors to the ideals of this social structure. Machismo takes ground in Chile, Puerto Rico, and Cuba, among others. Within these, there is no direct bias or leading frame, though, in regards to influences, this page does take a slight lean towards the idea of Catholicism being a main contributor. However, this religion is known to be that of the Spanish who had taken over control of many of these areas, so while these statements may seem to call for disputed neutrality, looking further into the history behind it we can see that there is justification to the claim. The concept of masculinity developing subsets of male relation, such as homosociality, during times of copper mining is interesting and does stem off of the same topic. However, in mention of what distracts from the main topic at hand, I would say this segment could stand alone in a different Wikipedia article, focusing more on the social structures births from these concepts.
The information backing this article appears to be fairly reliable and stands its ground when links are tested for appropriateness, though on the same mentioned section of Masculinity In Context discussing social relations; ie: homosociality, we do find a lack of citations in the count. While this section does provide a citation, there aren’t as many as there could be to make this a truly reliable information source. And while there is no plagiarism that I found after running the article through a web-checker, in certain areas, specifically machismo in the Puerto Rican/American culture, the tone isn’t exactly up to par either. Wikipedia asks those creating edits to uphold themselves to specific standards in language, a more formal academic reading. This section contains a lot of colloquial language, which is good in the sense that many may find this easier to mentally digest, though for the sheer appearance of an article to portray itself as “an easy read” does demote itself to being less of a reliable source than one that does not. When writing larger segments as such splitting it up into many smaller paragraphs of the subject may lead to a more academic read as you can put a more filtered focus on each other details individually.
Seeing how this is as much of a tradition as well as part of many cultures, there can always be more added to the theory it progressively developed into the modern era. Segments talk about masculinity and the influence it has on being a man, as well as the negative influences it can inspire but are not tied to. However, there isn’t really a mention of positive influences other that the roots of machismo and caballerosidad, in chivalry and respect. While the talk page o this site is empty of any conversation, I would like to see a discussion about this modernized sense of chivalry and how it has evolved.