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In a Post-Machisimo Culture, Young Men Look for Role Models for Manhood

Patriarchy creates Feminism

Patriarchy vs Feminism

By John Wharton

Feminism is a liberating movement not only for women but for everyone who cannot accept a patriarchal culture. But what about young men who are confused by changing gender roles in the modern age?

Most young men do not relate to masculine “machismo” culture, but they don’t want to be wimps either, so where do they go for guidance? Who or what is their role model? How has the “shadow side” (described in the interview below) of women affected their lives?

This is the panel discussion, “Exploring Patriarchy and the Negative Feminine,” that local therapist Azzah Manukova will be facilitating next Friday Jul 5 at Shelter. The panel will consist of both men and women and will include Jungian therapists and perspectives from young men most affected by the changes in traditional patriarchy.

Shelter Theater recently interviewed Azzah about her upcoming conference.

Shelter (S): Is patriarchy a positive or negative force for young men?

Azzah (A): It can be both. Although it obviously can be overtly empowering, patriarchal culture teaches boys to be afraid of their own vulnerability. It cuts them off from their emotional and intuitive side.

S: What is the “Negative Feminine?” in the title of this conference?

A: It’s the shadow side of a female archetype. For example, the shadow of the “the mother” would do anything to maintain the umbilical cord with her children, including manipulation. She is terrified of being abandoned.

S: A controlling mother who doesn’t want her son to grow up?

A: Sure, she resents her son’s burgeoning independence. She can’t let him leave because her identity is formed around her role as a caretaker. She may even unconsciously make him feel guilty for having a penis.

S: Can’t we all just get along?

A: That’s the focus of our conference on Friday. I hope it helps us access the fullness of ourselves.


Come join the conversation at our conference at 5pm on Friday, Jul 5, at Shelter Theater. Tickets are available at our website and in person at the Biblioteca gift shop Tesoros.

Every Tuesday at 7:00pm: Open Mic. You don’t need to perform, but if you want your ten minutes of fame, then this is the place for you! It’s a different group of amateurs and professionals each week. Locals call it the Cheers bar of San Miguel. You can do almost anything you want for your ten minutes. Admission is 80 pesos for audience and 60 pesos for performers, which includes a drink.

Shelter Theater is an easy 10-minute walk down from the Jardín! Visit for a map, a list of events, and online tickets. Send questions and comments to Find our logo on the Que Pasa map in the upper left-hand corner.


Documentary and Discussion

Quest for the Lost Maya

Fri, Jun 28, 5pm

70 pesos


Live Music/Variety

Open Mic

Tue, Jul 2, 7pm

80 pesos (includes drink)


Live Conference

“Exploring Patriarchy and the Negative Feminine”

Fri, Jul 5, 5pm

150 pesos


Shelter Theater


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