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The Myth Of The Latin Woman
Transcript of The Myth Of The Latin Woman
According to Cofer Puerto Rican Girls dressed with colorful clothes as an ordinary habit in their isle, and they use skirts to stay cool. In the isle people think "You may look at my sister, but if you touch her in will kill you" and in the outside world they disrespect Puerto Rican women and treat her as a sexual object for their appearance.
coveted:to wish, long, or crave for something.
microcosm:a miniature representation of something, esp a unit, group, or place regarded as a copy of a larger one.
coalesced:to unite or come together in one body or mass; merge; fuse; blend.
innuendo:an indirect or subtle reference, esp one made maliciously or indicating criticism or disapproval; insinuation.
machismo:exaggerated masculine pride.
pueblo:(in Spanish America) a village or town.
promenade:a miniature representation of something, esp a unit, group, or place regarded as a copy of a larger one.
Judith Ortiz Cofer is a Puerto Rican girl, who moved to New Jersey when she was four. In this story she named the situations she had to suffer just for being a Latin girl. Puerto Rican girls were known for being dressed over the top and acting sexy. Cofer suffered of prejudice for her clothes and origins. In this story she is trying to show how Latin women are judged for their appearance and create conscience in the readers of respect to women.
Cofer means by “cultural schizophrenia” as a confusion of the society of the integrity of the Latin Women just for the way they dressed or act, and how they are judged since they are little.
Cofer received a “conflicting message” of her family, that she should act like a proper “señorita” but her mother let her wear the best party clothes and jewelry to appear sexier and older.
Cofer thesis in the story is "As a Puerto Rican girl living in the united states... i resented the stereotype that my Hispanic appearance called forth from many people I met", because she personally experienced the judges of others just for the way she looks. One example was when she was confused with a waitress in one of her book presentations.
By the phrase "Yet I am one of the lucky ones" Cofer means one that had the chance to prepared and had an education to show that "the myth of latin american women" is just a prejudice.
Cofer tell us how it was so difficult to find a perfect outfit for a career day, because in her family no body dress like that, Maria always dress colorful clothes only to go to parties at Saturday night that day after got ready she finally came to school and a friend told her she was wearing “everything at once" she meant, too many accessories.
Mixed cultures signal have perpetuated certain stereotypes for example, that Hispanic women as the "hot tamale" or sexual firebrand, also another face of the Latin woman in the United States is the menial and domestic.
Cofers hopes of helping people see beyond stereotypes was through poetry which was a great success.
Cofer did use exemplifications on her story to support her thesis and provided the right kind of examples.
We interpret the lines of poetry that Cofer quotes in her conclusion as saying that no matter the color of you skin we are still God's sons/daughters, and it was an effective concluding strategy.