Do Mexican women propose marriage instead of men?

Dear Mexican: Why does every Mexican rap/hip-hop song always contain the lyrics "No paramos," "Nunca paramos," or some other logically equivalent statement (e.g., "Siempre avanzaremos," "No acabaremos de seguir," etc.)? Can't you people be more original? I mean, come on! It's not like you all speak a language that makes rhyming particularly difficult, and I'm sure at least one of these barrio-dwellers-turned-rap-star millionarios could find a diccionario de sinónimos and say something more inspired than what I hear repeated on every pinche track. If not, will you please buy one for them? You're a writer. You've got to have one, right?

Dando los Puñetazos a Mis Niñitos

Dear Child-Abusing Gabacho: You're criticizing the wrong culture. It's hip-hop, not Mexican culture, that has made "No paramos" ("We don't stop") a cliché of the genre since "Rapper's Delight." And the same music form has historically offered lyrical pats on the back for its listeners, whether black or brown or working-class, by preaching advancement, solidarity, pride and activism. They're leitmotifs, son, just like how all Ramones ripoffs shout "1-2-3-4!" or heavy-metal bands growl, whether in Norwegian or Spanish: simple gestures that signify more than their literal meaning and tie them into a long tradition. People, just because Mexicans do something doesn't make it Mexican! Context, cabrones, CONTEXT!

Dear Mexican: My novio is Mexican, born in Mexico City. He tells me that in Mexico, women are supposed to propose marriage to men, not the other way around. I don't believe him. Is this true?

Girl Around B-Cup, Alta, Chula and Awesome!

Dear GABACHA!: Doesn't he wish! In Mexico, the prevailing way to propose marriage remains having the parents of the groom accompany their son to visit his querida's parents so they can pedir la mano de la chica — ask for the girl's hand in marriage. It's a tradition steeped in treating women as chattel, as property — but even the most progressive Mexis still do it, because it's quaint and also understanding of how marriage involves families and community, not just two individuals. Your guy doesn't want to go through the process? He's either scared, a coward or really a Guatemalan.

GOOD MEXICAN OF THE WEEK! Is actually a Guatemalan: Ruben Vives, the Los Angeles Times reporter who helped the paper win a Pulitzer Prize for its investigation of the Southern California city of Bell, a town so corrupt you'da thunk Irishmen ran it. Vives came to this country illegally as a seven-year-old and would've been a DREAM Act student if not for Americans who jumped through bureaucratic hoops to legalize his status. What a wonderful chinga tu madre at the Know Nothings of the world who insist that illegals can't make anything of themselves in this country! What a glorious toma, güey to those who say Latinos bring the corruption of their homelands to the United States and endorse it! What a beautiful arriba to those of us who know undocumented youngsters can and do make something of themselves in this country — if they just have a chance! Gracias, Ruben, for reminding America what those who come into this country illegally are capable of. In honor of your monumental victory, I will no longer pick on Guatemalans in this column, even for satirical purposes: Your people have finally, truly made it in this country, and in these days of people bashing illegals, I need to direct my barbs at them and not our former vassals. And for the haters who'll inevitably whine about Vives's former illegal status? Welcome to the new normal, pendejos.

 
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White
White

Why do Mexican chicks get knocked up as unmarried teenagers? I know it's what people of low income brackets do for blacks, whites and mexicans. Is it just for the welfare benefits?

Me
Me

"They're leitmotifs, son, just like how all Ramones ripoffs shout "1-2-3-4!" or heavy-metal bands growl, whether in Norwegian or Spanish".

Comparing all the boring Ramones rip-offs with the WHOLE GENRE of Heavy Metal is rather ignorant, try learning what metal is about before writing such trite stuff next time. Metal has some of the best singers (range, volume, depth of lyrics) in any 'popular' genre. Ramones rip-offs have one or two vocals styles. Vacuuously shouting out on a hip hop track is OK once in a while, but it's a waste of my ears the rest of the time. Lyrics for the win, you know? Padding makes me think you don't have anything important to say.

Mebcaux
Mebcaux

As anyone who has had the pleasure of being romantically involved with a Mexican woman knows, the Mexican custom of the parents joining the novio in seeking the hand of his intended is rooted in a fascinating combination of courtliness and pragmatism. When you marry a Mexican woman, you marry her entire family, and can expect to become its indentured servant as a condition of continuing to honk her chi-chis with reckless abandon.

Gmvte1
Gmvte1

This has been here for a week. Can we move on?

Sandovalliny
Sandovalliny

What a ignorant person, anytime someone say's "you people", its obvious. How sad...

 
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