Engl 101 Sec 105
11 Oct 2011
How to Date a Browngirl, Blackgirl, Whitegirl, or Halfie
An instruction manual on how to get a girl based on their ethnicity is what Junot Diaz wrote in the story “How to Date a Browngirl, Blackgirl, Whitegirl, or Halfie.” One central theme in the story is the idea of stereotypes. A stereotype is a preconceived notion about someone based on an outside characteristic they posses. These generalizations come from some truth but you can’t put everyone into a specific category based on their appearance. In this controversial story, Diaz uses the main character to talk about stereotypes and demonstrates how he treats women differently based on their race. The story shows the reader how in fact everyone does stereotype in someway or another. The author illustrates that people generalize because stereotyping is a societal norm and widely accepted as truth.
The main character in this story is a teenage boy in a poor urban neighborhood. He writes the “instruction manual” to explain to others in his age group how to pick up girls. We know that he is a teenager for a number of reasons. The way he so widely stereotypes girls shows his immaturity. The story uses the boy to portray a controversial subject that relates to a broad range of people. The way the author uses a boy relates to a larger population of people, because a boy is easier to identify with and is less serious. The choice of an adolescent makes the severity of his stereotypes more acceptable. If a man was chosen instead of a teenager the audience would be more offended because an adult in society is not supposed to act that way.
The main character has such confidence and arrogance that it persuades the reader to believe his theories. He is implying that he gets ‘the ladies’ in such a matter-of-fact tone that you have to come to believe if you follow his steps you will be as successful. The voice of the boy is consistently confident and degrading at...