You are right, Jamie, when you talk about personal preference.
Like everything in life, some things you like more than others.
They simply are unavailable to their children, their home, their man of the moment, and ultimately to themselves.
They own unreasonable expectations of their men, tattoos, attire that´s old looking and too relaxed, unkempt hair, soiled laundry tossed one piece on top of another, and most of all, an anger that I do not understand.
The men are strong but fall short of social expectations, which has been destructive to the state of marital bliss for centuries.
NOTE: most North Americans, and especially the women, do not know the real meaning of machismo.
They certainly do not need to be saved by our frustrated, ill kempt, and angry western female.
The "Latina" has held to virtues that might be listed as "the joy of being a woman," feminine grooming, happiness that men are men, the desire to nurture a tight knit family, and a husband to provide a comfortable home while she tends to the comforts and needs of the immediate and distant family, and I am forced to add that they do so without keeping score regarding household chores.
After traveling the world with my wife for eight years and for another eight years after her death from breast cancer, I have experienced up close the dilemma that the South American woman faces, that which is termed Machismo.
This state of chaos is simply NOT found in South America.
Even the most poor have laundry on the line, respectful children, and a smile on their face.