Student: Antonio Ruiz
Facilitator: Emilio Suarez
Upon evaluating what the author bought forth I am in strong agreement with his comments. Thanks in part to the taking on of the "Spanish" customs and being stripped of our Taino ways, Puerto Rican men for the most part for a long while abused, mistreated and degraded the woman. Not even the daughters escaped prejudiced and double standards. Much in contrast to the Taino"matriarchal" society which had many female leaders (Caciques) and worshipped "Mother Earth" (Attabiera) the Spaniards institutted a almost 500 year persecution and dehuminization of theBoricua women. Ironically most of it was sanctioned by the church. Finally with womens rights and Feminism much of this changed and the Boricua woman once again started assuming roles within the community it had during the Pre-Columbian era.