Boricua College
Instructional Module
Evaluation 6.10
Student: Antonio Ruiz
Facilitator: Emilio Suarez


Exercise I

The focus of the article was on how the institution of the Puerto Rican family has changed. The author brings out how traditionally the Puerto Rican family (once Eurocentricity set in) bacame a male dominated authoritarian organization. The woman were regulated to mere "chattel", inferior to man, suffering from mental debility and a moral weakness. As in many other patriarchal (Europeanized) societys, double standards were enforced. The men would be commanded & praised as to the numbers of "sexual conquests" he could achieve while on the other hand a woman having sex out of wedlock was considered whorish.


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.

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