Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has been accused of sexism after he suggested that the tradition of women staying at home to take care of older family members was key to battling the coronavirus pandemic on Thursday, June 25.
“People want to change women’s role and that is one of the just causes of feminism, but the tradition in Mexico is that daughters are the ones who care the most for parents,” Lopez Obrador said. “We men are more detached.”
Whereas seniors in nursing homes in Europe had suffered with the pandemic, Mexico’s elders were helped by the custom of being cared for at home, he said, adding that the “Mexican family is the most important social security institution” in the country.
It is not the first time the 66-year-old leader has been accused of making tone-deaf comments and lacking empathy towards women and his latest outburst drew similar ire.
“Translating the president’s nineteenth century thinking when he says: men are more detached, he means irresponsible; daughters take care of their parents, he’s referring to unpaid work; tradition refers to machismo; feminism wants to change roles, true transformation,” Martha Tagle, a lawmaker with the Citizen’s Movement party, said on Twitter.
The hashtag AmloMachista, or sexist AMLO in reference to the president’s initials, was trending.
“AmloMachista insists on sending women to be ‘caregivers’, but we have news for him, we are citizens and we are feminists who will no longer tolerate his presidential misogyny,” Claudia Castello, who describes herself as a sociologist and feminist, wrote on Twitter.
Lopez Obrador’s prickly reaction earlier this year to criticism of his administration over brutal murders of women in Mexico riled feminists and undermined support for him among female voters, helping to fuel protests.
Lopez Obrador has been chastised for not taking the virus seriously enough and pushing for a reopening of the economy too soon.
Source: NBC News
more recommended stories
Man who jumped from Periférico bridge is caught by heroic police officer (VIDEO)
MÉRIDA, YUCATAN (September 27, 2020).- An.
Merida man prosecuted for family violence against his own sister
MÉRIDA, YUCATAN.- A man was arrested.
Tesla, Ford Motor and Home Depot among others sue Trump’s administration
About 3,500 US companies are litigating.
On Sep. 28 World Tourism Day, take a virtual vacation!
Today is World Tourism Day, and while.
Mexico wants to pay US water debt and stay out of US 2020 presidential election
Mexico’s president is calling on angry.
Six Mayan pyramids discovered in Yucatan
INAH reports that one of the.
López Obrador fears the intellectuals of his country, assures ‘The Economist’
The Economist pointed out in an.
On Sixth Anniversary of 43 students disappearance, Mexico issues arrest warrants
Mexican authorities have issued dozens of.
Mexico will be the economy hardest hit by the pandemic: UNCTAD.
In 2020, Mexico will fall 10%,.
August 2020 is the most violent month on record in Mexico
August 2020 was the most violent.