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The myth of the Latin woman

The myth of the latin woman

elvira garcia

on 11 March 2014

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Transcript of The myth of the Latin woman

The cultural stereotypes based on the color skin, hair color and appearance.
The myth of the Latin woman
BY: Elvira Garcia
Danitza Robledo
Melissa Navarrete

Wants to replace old stereotypes with much more interest set of realities.
1960's to present
Style and structure
1. I believe it is an effective strategy to share an incident about your own life because she is trying to connect with the audience.
2.When the author refer with the island example is that latinas might be left behind just by their looks.
3. Cofer used this means of;erotically charged,studied indifference,lost in translation, and mainstream culture to suggest how people stereotypes the Puerto Rican girls by the way they dress.
4.I believed that she didn't introduces earlier the stereotypes of " the menial, the domestic", at the first two paragraphs because she wanted information to support her argument.
5. Cofer paragraph 5,8,10, and 12 are quite long, but they should not be separated into two different paragraphs because in each of those paragraphs is a set of realities she had to go through.
6. I interpret the lines of poetry that Cofer quote in her conclusion as she is really trying to change latina's stereotype and even calling them "Gods".I
Author trying to convey:
The author of the story The myth of a Latin women is trying to say is that people tend to discriminate the Hispanic and Latina women because of they appearance and the way they dress.
1.Cofer is trying to mean by saying" Cultural Schizophrenia" that sometimes we get discriminated by others because they feel superiors that other cultures.
2. The conflict message Cofer received from her family was that" Puerto Rican mothers encourage their daughters to look and act like a women and to dress in clothes their Anglo friends and their mothers found too "mature" and flashy."
3.Cofer was trying to demonstrate with including this points are the strereotype she personally suffered.
4.Common stereotypes applied to latina's are that they are sexual icons because how they dress and look, and also where they are suppose to work (waitress)
5. In Puerto Rico, women often dress promiscuous to "Keep cool" in the hot weather and "look sexy". Outsiders interpret that appearance as a sexual impulse.
6. The myth of the Latin women in the USA is being the menial or the domestic housemaid.
7. Cofer hope to help people see beyond the stereotype by trying to replace the old stereotype with a much more interesting set of realities. She has been successful by explaining all her real story's.
Purpose and audience
1. I believed that Cofer thesis is -" My goal is to try to replace the old stereotype with a much more interesting set of realities" because in the whole story she is giving us interesting set of realities that way we replace the old stereotype.
2. Cofer begins his paragraph 13 with "Yet I am one of the lucky ones" because she had the privilege of an education which not a lot of people have. She expects her audience to react inspired, and see her as a role model.
3. I expect non-Latina's or men to respond to this essay as to better understand what it is like to be Latin women and not to stereotype.
Judith Ortiz Cofer
1.Coveted:to desire wrongfully, inordinately, or without due regard for the rights of others
2.microcosm:anything that is regarded as a world in miniature
3.coalesced:to unite so as to form one mass
4.firebrand:a person who kindles strife or encourages unrest; an agitator; troublemaker.
5.innuendo:an indirect intimation about a person or thing, especially of a disparaging or a derogatory nature.
6.promenade:a stroll or walk, especially in a public place, as for pleasure or display
7.regale:to entertain lavishly or agreeably; delight
8.faux pas:a slip or blunder in etiquette, manners, or conduct; an embarrassing social blunder or indiscretion.

Because Cofer was one of the many girls who suffered from stereotypes since she was Puerto Rican and everywhere she went she was discriminated for being a Latina and by the way she dress.
Like when a men approached her at the bus saying she was Maria from the West side story , she had to ignored him but realized that anywhere she went this situations would happen when she said" you can leave the island, master the English language, and travel as far as you can, but if you are a Latina, especially like me who is obviously belongs to Rita Moreno's gene pool, the island travels with you".
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