Flawed Policies of Embargos

June 10, 2011 § 1 Comment

The thought of an embargo on another country is not foreign to the American people. The U.S. has one on Iran and still on Cuba. In the aftermath of this embargo it did not immediately affect the upper classes of Cuba, because they still had the resources to attain their money through kin from other countries. Thus this embargo was not one affecting all Cubans just mainly affecting the lower classes.

The embargo took the Cuban economy by storm because nearly 40% of Cuba’s food is imported. Making the lower classes having to drastically change how they had to work to get food that had all of a sudden gotten more expensive. Men dominated the work force over and thus forcing women into not very appealing jobs. The men believed that the women did not have the physical abilities to work most of the daily jobs in Cuba.

This embargo affected many racial and gender issues. Making even male Cubans of African decent to work jobs behind the walls or not where the public could see them. Such as a hotel clerk, would tend to be a Cuban of white decent to make the tourist seem more comfortable. Not only did race affect the job field but the gender issue cause a huge boom of a certain industry.

Now with women looking for a job, they took what was natural to them and began going to “sugar daddies” at 14 and 15 to get money and food in exchange for sexual favors. This drastically changed the view of Cuba and why tourist, mainly males, came to Cuba. Now Cuba has a nickname as “pussy paradise” which has drastically changes the culture and how Cuba functions daily from an embargo from one country.

The thought behind putting the embargo on Cuba was to hurt the elite of that country. In doing this the U.S. ended up hurting the poor people of Cuba which was not the intent. This was a flawed policy and by this I mean they ended up doing the exact opposite of  the original intent of the U.S.

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§ One Response to Flawed Policies of Embargos

  • ethnolust says:

    Great ideas here! I want to urge you to be careful with talking about an “upper class” in Cuba though. There are certainly people in Cuba who have more access to certain types of privileges. Some people have more access to the dollar, and class is part of that. At the same time, it is difficult to talk about class in a socialist country in the same ways that we talk about class in the US or in most other places where capitalism is valorized and accepted as the norm.

    When we talk about the Cuban elite on the island, are we talking about a political elite? An educated elite? The embargo has effected everyone there, but I would say that it has done so in different ways.

    Good work.

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