The Maria Paradox

Rosa Maria Gil, Author, Carmen Inoa Vazquez, Author, Rosa Maria Gill, Author Putnam Publishing Group $22.95 (0p) ISBN 978-0-399-14159-1
Gil and Vazquez are psychotherapists based in New York City, with largely Latina clienteles. Case histories drawn from their private practices enliven a unique self-help guide for Hispanic women and the men who love them. Reinforcing traditional machismo, the authors declare, is marianismo, a centuries-old belief system that in effect tells Latinas: ""Don't forget a woman's subservient place; never put your own needs first; don't wish for more in life than being a housewife; sex is for making babies."" Filled with self-help exercises, their clearly written manual, designed to help Latinas enter mainstream American culture with enhanced self-esteem, offers practical advice on how to build support networks, overcome passivity, forge career paths, change or get out of abusive relationships and increase sexual fulfillment. Author tour. (Apr.)
Reviewed on: 04/01/1996
Release date: 04/01/1996
Paperback - 288 pages - 978-0-399-52309-0
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