The Americas: The High Cost of Manliness

In Argentina, one motorist insults another, and the offended party bursts from his car with knife drawn. In Peru's recent presidential elections, the three leading candidates presented themselves more as messiahs than politicians, and it was not accidental that each was the founder of his own party. In Mexico, convivial gossip about a prominent man inevitably rolls around to his casa chica —the love nest where he keeps his mistress. "We expect them to have mistresses," says one wealthy married Mexican lady. "After all, they are men."

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