Are Chaperons Still Required When Courting a Mexican Woman

[¡Ask a Mexican!] And a shout-out to Denver's Metro State!

DEAR MEXICAN: In anticipation of the upcoming Reconquista, I've decided that I need a Mexican girlfriend.

A well-known example of Mexican womanhood is Consuelo Velázquez, who wrote "Besame Mucho" when she was 16, but never actually got kissed until she was 25. Clearly the Mexican girl is a shy, delicate, retiring flower who must be approached with restraint and tenderness. Also, there is the tradition of the dueña or chaperon, the female relative or friend who accompanies the girl during her encounters with her boyfriend. As I understand it, the dueña joins the girl in her room at her father's hacienda as the girl talks to her mounted caballero amoroso through the bars that cover her window. Surely, this is an accurate description of modern Mexican courtship.

On the other hand, Mexican girls are spicy señoritas who dance for coins on the tables of cantinas and tempt men into sin with low-cut peasant blouses worn off the shoulder. Furthermore, when I was growing up I heard rumors of something called a Mexican Donkey Show, which somehow combined Mexicans and donkeys in ways that were never clearly explained, but which seemed ripe with possibility to my eagerly inquiring adolescent mind.

In addition, it is well known that all Mexican girls carry razor blades for the purpose of defending their honor. Whether they are defending it against males of the hot-blooded Mexican type or of the coldly calculating Anglo type depends on who's telling the story and isn't important. What matters are la mexicana's warrior traditions and her choice of weapon.

So, my intended is a young woman of virginal sluttiness, a murderously helpless naïf of worldly experience who must be treated with respect and discretion to avoid bruising her tender sensibilities, and also to prevent her from cutting off my balls.

My plan is to lull her into lowering her guard by inviting her to the local symphony when they've scheduled an all-Manuel Ponce night, take her out afterwards and get her drunk on tequila, steal her razor blade, and declare my undying love. This will work because it is every girl's dream of romance to be drunk, defenseless, and at the mercy of an amorous foreigner who doesn't speak her language.

Unfortunately, even the best-laid plans may be undone by insufficient attention to detail, and in inter-cultural relationships such as this one, it is especially important not to violate the norms of Mexican courtship. My question therefore is this: Will the girl's family supply the chaperon, or do I need to rent one for the occasion?

Frito Bandito (Cockney Rhyming Slang for "Amorcito Solito")

DEAR LIMEY: Your summation of the stereotypes surrounding Mexican mujeres? To quote your people, effen' bloody brilliant, luv! Wish that the dueña system was still around, though—nowadays, all you need is Juanes on your iTunes, and a Mexican woman's chonis melt off faster than ice cream on asphalt.

 

SHOUT-OUT TO: Metropolitan State University of Denver, which lowered tuition rates for undocumented students who have lived in Denver most of their lives after the Colorado State Legislature refused to pass a bill that would've done the same. I had the honor of speaking at Metro State in 2010 as part of their Richard T. Castro Distinguished Visiting Professorship, and it's awesome to see the university continue in the path of the best Chicano activist the rest of the country has never heard of. Metro State—denle gas!

 
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Bill T.
Bill T.

You can't respond at a rational level to my point so you go for a personal attack. Lame.

Mrroachsir
Mrroachsir

So you're saying You've always been lame?

Nutrax2005
Nutrax2005

I thought he was talking about my wife there for a moment. Her explanation for having a surgeons knife in her purse was interesting. And then when I saw her chop a limb of a tree with one swing of a machete I knew that she could definetly handle it. I learned that with Mexican Women you had better know how to use your own knife on her and a lot or you wont have her around much longer. Keep that thing under those "chones" happy and you will never feel the cut that gets left from the knife that can be their heart.

Mrroachsir
Mrroachsir

Also gustavo I "liked" your post also. I love it when someone make my point easy.

Mrroachsir
Mrroachsir

To begin with I did not "criticize you with a head butt". I don't have to resort to violence (whether implied, threatened or actually used) to make my point. As for your being angry I agree you don't appear so....anymore. If I had to guess I would think Someone has put a "throttle" on your rhetoric? Seems until about a year ago the "Ask A Mexican" column was controversial, infuriating and edgy with upwards of 500 or more comments for or against every week. So I agree you probably are not angry anymore. But that still leaves "lame" and "ass" which you absolutely are. BTW...why aren't you here in Phoenix Capital Building for the SB-1070 vigil? Or is it "Their" fight? Besides, it's probably hotter here than your office in LA.

Prawda
Prawda

Bill, wasn't really interested in hearing about your last family reunion but thanks anyway.

 
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