How important is your ego? Would you talk about the compliments you get about the way you handle the stuation while writing an essay about harrestment and labeling you face? The first and most important problem I’ve came across while reading Cofer’s essay was this. The method she had used while writing the essay is effecting the whole story negatively. The whole essay gets lost in personal ego and casts out every single “real” story. The essay seems very angery but as she sees herself as a professional, educated person, we only see a glance of this anger. The essay of Cofer simply puts “stereotypical conclusions people make about Latin people” on table. From the beginning till the end, we see Cofer troubling to choose a side between being a Latina like her culture tells her to be or an educated, professional American woman. As we read the essay, we come across things like “…being a Latina is sometimes a very good thing…” (par. 2) which generalizes the whole America as a mean nation. As she confesses later in the essay using the words to describe her feelings towards cultural clothes “I often feel humiliated…” (par. 4) which makes me feel like Cofer had her times where she hated being a Latina and times where she hated America for labeling Latinas. The starting barely differs from the rest of the essay because we see a strong Latin woman defending her culture and then we see a woman humilizing her culture using the terms “hopeless” and “vulgar” for her thoughts about what the other girls at school were “thinking” when they saw her with the clothes she wore for Career Day (par. 5). While griping about how her nationality comes before her profession, she writes “…performed by a Chinese priest…” (par. 3). The usage of that word is unrelated to the topic and very unnecessary. That puts the Cofer to the same level of the people she gets angry at. When I first understood that, it hit me. In her mind, she wasn’t asking for respect, she was demanding it. Since she
November 5, 2011
Facts of a Latin Woman
“Myth of the Latin Woman:/Just Met a Girl Named Maria,” by Judith Ortiz Cofer tells of her personal experiences as a Latin girl growing up in a large urban city in New Jersey during the sixties. She tells of her journey maneuvering through her childhood trying to find her place in a mixed cultural world and faces many stereotypes. Cofer later learns how to take the negative comments of others and turn them in to positives….
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Stereotype: The Myth of a Latin Woman
Judith Ortiz Cofer is a Puerto Rican immigrant and a professor of English and creative writing at the University of Georgia. Cofer has written many books, poems and essays in her career. As the author of “The Myth of the Latin Woman: I Just Met a Girl Named Maria”, she shows how society uses stereotypes to deny individualism of certain minority groups. In this essay Cofer describes the injustices that Latina women suffer….
The Myth of the Latin Woman
Judith Ortiz Cofer portrays in “The Myth of the Latin Woman: I Just Met a Girl Named Maria”, how society often stereotypes groups without a doubt. In this particular case, the offensive stereotype of the Latino women. I enjoyed this article and somewhat agreed with it .I think this story is little different from other story were immigrant American faces different obstacle to adjust….
“The Myth of the Latin Woman”
The set pieces in this essay are the bus, the hotel lobby, and the boat restaurant that Judith visits throughout her journey. At the bus she is being stereotyped as nice, naïve but at the same time as being dumb just for being a Latina. She takes everything with a smile. Even though, this is done in a comic way; which doesn’t seem too harsh but still hurts her feelings because everyone is laughing at her. At the hotel lobby she feels hostile. She is seen by the man….
In “Myth of the Latin Woman”, by Judith Ortiz Cofer, the author points out how she has been treated by different people in different countries due to their conception of her as a Latin woman. She cites several incidents where she was viewed, stereotypically, as a woman only capable of being a housewife, and as a sexual object. She also argues the cross-cultural conflict Hispanics have to deal with on an everyday basis, in this, purely dominated by Caucasians, where cultural traditions are seeing….
Hispanic females have long ranging impacts that are emotional, social, financial, and political in nature.
The purpose of Judith Ortiz story is to explain how hard, and at times uncomfortable it is to be a Latin woman, because of prejudice and stereotypes regarding their dress. Latin woman, are usually taught to dress in a “mature way”, which many times is confusing to both a Latina and the larger American culture. To a Latina, it is ok to dress sexy, and wear lots of jewelry, and accessories such….
In "The Myth of the Latin Woman" Judith Ortiz Cofer talk about the many stereotypes people has against Hispanic women. Cofer start off telling about an experience in London, with a drunk man who re-enacted “Maria” from West Side Story and even though she was aggravated, she kept her cool although everyone around her was laughing and applauding. She go on to tell about her experiences growing up here in American. Cofer was raised in New Jersey, as a child she was tough her traditional culture while….
In “The Myth of the Latin Woman”, Judith Ortiz Cofer intends to dispel several stereotypes about Hispanic women by expressing her own personal stories and observations. She starts off by relating an experience that happened on a bus in London, then she goes into explaining how her parents made her home in America a microcosm of the home they used to have in Puerto Rico. She explains why Puerto Rican women dress the way they do—because they’re protected by an honor system—and goes on to relate two….
As you read The Myth of the Latin Woman and Finishing School racial stereotypes is the background to these two stories. While The Myth of the Latin Woman was set in a different time period than Finishing School it shows the discrimination minorities have gone through and have risen above these stereotypes. The Myth of the Latin Woman is different in a few ways than Finishing School because it is based on how a young woman despite of her success and accomplishments is still oppressed by those around….