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When Nikita Khrushchev backed down, Mr. Castro ordered students to the streets to chant " Nikita, mariquita, lo que se da no se quita " " Nikita, weakling, don ' t give and then take away " .
Abstaining from foul language placed me uncomfortably close to the line between macho and mariquita, and this invited all sorts of challenges to my budding masculinity.
Watching a tough guy beat up on some mariquita was not much fun.
Anyone uncomfortable with that in first grade was taunted as a mariquita, or sissy.