These men often revel in their ability to make gringa’s annoyed.
Remember to keep your guard up and assess the situation before befriending or trusting anyone you meet.
Also remember that even if you take all the precautions sometimes stuff happens.
When living in Panama I was still cat called when I walked down the street with greasy hair and sweatpants.
This term has been used in many different and contradictory ways.
Some individuals might disagree with the above definition of the term machismo, but the word itself has been a central concept when discussing the roles, status, rights and responsibilities of men and women primarily in Latin America.
I remember the first time I told a Latino friend that I was a feminist.
He stared at me with a confused glance and ask Que es eso?
In his mind the basic principle of gender equality seemed preposterous; women were meant to be mother’s and caregivers.
Latin American countries are very different from one another but as someone who has lived in Panama and Chile while also traveling to Rio and Buenos Aires, I can say that my experience with machismo has been quite similar.
In fact, my time in Panama made me desensitized to cat calls as I would hear whistles on a daily basis when walking down the streets with the occasional oye mami thrown into the mix.
Some men have even attempted to grope me and were extremely amused when I spun around angrily.