A study of 50 narratives (16 male-authored, 34 female-authored, ages
13–16) contributed to a scriptwriting competition by Mexican youth from Oaxaca
State was undertaken to understand youth social representations of hegemonic masculinity.
Representations of masculinity manifested within three domains: substance
use, companionate or abusive relationships, and economic roles. Positively portrayed
male characters maintained companionate relationships and economically
provided for loved ones. Rejection of abusive rural male characters who misuse
financial resources occurred via condemnatory language and tragic outcomes. The
young authors highlight financial control as a key element of Mexican masculinity,
but this control goes unchallenged if dependents benefit. The rejection of a macho
hegemonic masculinity in favor of a companionate relationship model mirrors historic
trends in Mexico regarding migration, gender, class, and modernity.