We travelled through 4 countries in South America and I have to say, I felt the sexism.
In Argentina, I remember feeling invisible in restaurants, anytime you needed to order or pay. Always the man. They don’t even look at you.
In taxis, asking for directions, at the cafés, it was annoying!! I think I was spoilt from Europe.
Me and Joao even made an arrangement, for a day he would not say a word anytime the waiters would come, so that I always spoke. It was funny to see their faces, whenever the woman ordered and paid. They were puzzled, confused! Which century are we in??
All throughout Bolivia and Peru this didn't change. Maybe it is cultural, but ladies are not supposed to ask anything, whenever I asked someone for directions they always answered to the man! ALWAYS!
When we arrived in Chile this disappeared. Suddenly I was visible again, I could order or pay!
It was sad to see that this still exists.
Don’t know how are your feelings on this, maybe as a single woman travelling you feel it differently?
Maybe it was the “couple” effect working its magic?
Maybe it is seen as chivalry in South America?
Feel free to drop your point of view in the comments box.