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Brent Staples of “Just Walk On By”, Judith Ortiz Cofer of “The Myth of the Latin Woman”, and Alice Walker of “Beauty: When the Other Dancer is the Self” had discovered their personal/cultural knowledge and identity through their experiences. They might have different experiences in different situation or incident it has the same concept. Brent Staples and Judith Cofer had similarly uncovered how they are being alienated especially in their foreign place. They both had experienced to be mistaken as somebody else. Brent Staples was once mistaken for a burglar in a magazine company and a mugger in a jewelry store. Cofer was also mistaken as a waitress by an old woman while she was holding her notebook which an old woman thought a menu book but actually Cofer’s volume verse. Those experiences they encountered is the result of one of some factors that affect human’s identity which is race. Cofer was mistaken as a waitress because it was already usual to foreign people that Latinas are good domestics, such as, housemaid, countergirl, and waitress. Likewise, Brent was mistaken a burglar because black men are overrepresented as drastically aggressive and dangerous. Moreover, Cofer and Staples was misjudged by people because of their gender. Staples was feared by women considering that he is a man and women oftentimes see them as unsafe creatures. On Cofer’s, she was not feared but she got an episode that she was disrespected by a man singing an offensive song “Don’t Cry For Me Argentina” because she is Latina. Not only in Cofer’s personal experience, she also saw how people overrated Latinas as sex materials because of how they dress. This is evident in her, “Mixed cultural signals have perpetuated certain stereotypes – for example, that of the Hispanic woman as the ‘Hot Tamale’ or sexual firebrand.”(114) and also in her “…advertisers have designated ‘sizzling’ and ‘smoldering’as the adjectives of choice for decribing not only the foods but also the women...
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