By Matthew Basso

In Across the nice Divide, a few of our major historians glance to either the historical past of masculinity within the West and to the ways in which this adventure has been represented in videos, renowned track, dimestore novels, and folklore.

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Men could win and enhance their honor through action, but a woman's virtue was a quality that could not be won, only maintained or lost. For this reason Juana Truj illo's parents kept her public contacts to a minimum. " Governor Bernardo Lopez de Mendizabal in 1 663 said he cared for the purity of his female servants by keeping them in a bedroom adjacent to his, with access only through his room. The women entered the governor's bed­ room as they wished, even when Mendizabal and his wife were in bed.

And when I wanted to exit, he would not let me, and three times he solicited my flower with a promise of marriage, and just as we frequently played together, he began to play with me on this occasion, and he solicited his pleasure, but as a woman I resisted, and he told me that my resistance was a sign that I was not a virgin, finally I admon­ ished him not to leave me dissolute and then consented freely to his pleasure and let him deflower me. Maria de las Nieves watched all this through a crack in the door and later found Juana weeping and cleaning her genitals with a blood-soaked cloth.

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