January 28, 2021

I may be macho, but I'm not a man | Society

I may be macho, but I'm not a man | Society

If someone had gone into a coma a year ago and woke up today, I would notice in the streets and in the conversations that where there were only a few trees before, a complete forest has grown: feminism. Many men and some women have, we have awakened from the coma in these 365 days. And I say we have – excuse the first person – even though I do not consider myself a man because I know what it means to be. And I do not like it. I also did not like being the president of my staircase. Let's say that I do not identify with everything that implies being born as a male human being. That is why I understand Simone de Beauvoir when she says that, before being a natural event, being a woman is a cultural construction. But I say we have because in these 12 months there are words that have been installed in our vocabulary to give names to issues that until now we thought were non-existent and were only invisible. These are some.

Privileges. Not being a man does not exempt you from being macho. Or structurally macho, to use a word that usually applies to the violence exercised by "the system" and used to justify more evident violence or, why not, the so-called class struggle. Not being a man does not free me from being familiarly macho because there are privileges that come to you from the factory, which you have not asked for but which it is difficult for you to renounce for a simple reason: it is more comfortable. Sometimes I wonder if machismo is not also the result of selfishness of the well-meaning (like me, I'm not a man, I do not think I'm a macho but I have very good intentions). That question has alerted me for a year. Dammit.

Laws Like hell, society is, in fact, paved with wonderful intentions. That is why, while we all become beneficial citizens, it is the law that must correct our tendency to maintain privileges the same as it corrected at once – at least socially – our tolerance towards tobacco. It is better that it is the school and not the parliament that infuses us with egalitarianism and it is true that the rates of smoking have increased again, but Spain and I are like that, sir, we need a little push. That's why this year I understood the utility of the quotas.

Dues. Quotas as a way to mitigate inequalities are a taboo for those who consider that equality is reduced, basically, to equal opportunities and that this is guaranteed. They are usually the same ones who are against the inheritance tax because they forget that the privileges that derive from the inheritance do not always come from a glorious past. They are usually -were also- those who do not notice that we spend our lives applying quotas. Starting with a share of common banal nationalism, for example, in the world of culture. If the Cervantes prize had been given alternately – by unofficial decree – to a woman and a man many would consider it a practice feminazi For years, a Spaniard was given biennially, even though it concerns about twenty countries and it seemed normal to all of us. This trend broke this year. It was taken by Ida Vitale.

#MeToo It takes a while for you to be Cervantes because you are Uruguayan. It is an injustice that doubles if you are Uruguayan. That they kill you for being a woman is a drama (or that they abuse you for being an employee, going down the street alone or dressing as you please). It is often said that this fear is something that a man will never feel because he is so. It is true. But a man – meaning that what it means – can understand that it is intolerable. And it can demand, again, that the Parliament does not wait for the school to fix it.

International feminist. The feminist movement is transversal and international, but I do not know if it is an internationalist movement, at least in the way that the workers' movement pretended to be. If so, we would have shouted in heaven – including officials – before the good relations of our governments with those of countries whose legislation regarding women has very little to envy. apartheid of racist South Africa with respect to blacks. We called them by their name – segregationists – and boycotted them in the Olympic Games. Of course, they did not have petrodollars. The question of the rich and the poor is also an unsettling element because gender is superimposed on the class as a discriminatory factor until it leads you to the question of what the president of Santander has in common with the woman who scrubs the branch of your neighborhood. The two began the race with a lot of disadvantage compared to men and with much also between one and the other. Demagogue besides macho?

Portavoza. I studied language and literature but in this year I learned that in the Golden Age there were doubled up to the surnames -the father could be Ricote and the daughter, Ricota- and that the academic and Latinist Juan Gil the female infant (infanta) did not it seems to be a better "bill" than the female member (a member). If terms such as algido or enervar have ended up meaning the opposite of what they originally meant and the RAE says that it is notary of street voices and not linguistic police, there is no reason for scandal. Neither inside nor outside the learned house. Everything is a matter of habit. Surely many Spanish academics avoid the word take when they travel to Latin America And that, personally, I do not get used to expressions such as gender violence -I almost saw it being born as a faltering translation of English- or words such as visualize, position or put in value. Neither to use the infinitive of to go as imperative neither the preposition to in front of by ("Go for water"). Nor, already, to use in a newspaper the first person.


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