These Spanish writings of the interwar period in New York reveal a clear anxiety at the emancipation of women in modern society. The increasing presence of women in public spaces and in the workplace exacerbated patriarchal fears of the disintegrating values of the home, for example [Miranda-Barreiro]. Many concerns centered on gendered notions of “feminine” and “masculine” and a patriarchal fear that the modern woman had lost her femininity. At the same time, the women of New York, are often encountered as objects of male admiration – but also – consumption, in the context of the growing consumerist culture of New York [Miranda-Barreiro]. The majority of the texts reveal a tendency to sexualize women’s emancipation perhaps deriving from this underriding patriarchal anxiety.


Araquistain, Luis. “Un caso de ‘mujer nueva‘”, en El peligro yanqui

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