safeguards and protective measures??

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Taka

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In much of Latin America it was long thought that a man could not possibly suppress the strong urges that took possession of him every time he was alone with a woman. In the eyes of Latinos, women were considered unable to resist a man. The result was that the patterns of association contained safeguards and protecitive measures. Americans who were going to Latain america had to be cautioned that if they let themselves get into a situation with a member of the opposite sex where something could have happened, it would be no use to tell that it had not. The Latin response would be, "After all, you're a man, aren't you? She's a woman isn't she?"

Why safeguards and protecitve measures? I mean, it is not safe for a woman, is it?

Or does safeguards and protecitve measures has some sort of connotation, like "an easy excuse for a man" or something?
 

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Taka said:
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In much of Latin America it was long thought that a man could not possibly suppress the strong urges that took possession of him every time he was alone with a woman. In the eyes of Latinos, women were considered unable to resist a man. The result was that the patterns of association contained safeguards and protecitive measures. Americans who were going to Latain america had to be cautioned that if they let themselves get into a situation with a member of the opposite sex where something could have happened, it would be no use to tell that it had not. The Latin response would be, "After all, you're a man, aren't you? She's a woman isn't she?"

Why safeguards and protecitve measures? I mean, it is not safe for a woman, is it?

Or does safeguards and protecitve measures has some sort of connotation, like "an easy excuse for a man" or something?

Certain societal rules and measures, that Latin Americans are aware of as a matter of culture, for protecting oneself against getting into a situation that could lead to a) a misunderstanding, b) defamation of character (i.e. gossip and lies), and/or c) rape.
 

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Why safeguards and protecitve measures? I mean, it is not safe for a woman, is it?
No, that's why safeguards and protective measures are called for.

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:!: :!: Ah! :!: :!: Now, I've got it.

The safeguards and protective measures exsist besides the norm that women were considered unable to resist a man, right?

I thought the norm and the safeguards were used to mean the same kind of thing, which is why I've been confused.

Thank you, people! :D
 

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I see it that safeguards and protective meassures are set up for women. Man has to work around them to get into trouble but he can given some determination. The burden of proof falls on the man.
 
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