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Chapter 5 explores the shifting landscape of male honor, female shame, and a new kind of relationship based on romance, love, and intimacy. To become modern lovers, working-class men needed a traditional male role model against which to construct their new, more “companionate” selves. Don Juan Tenorio proved the perfect foil. Ubiquitous in Mexican popular culture, Don Juan epitomized all that was wrong with traditional male scripts: arrogance, impetuosity, misogyny, cruelty, and egotism. For penny press writers, local tenorios were figures of fun, ridiculed for their absurd seductions and prickly tempers. And while writers also poked fun at ordinary working...

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