The Perspective of Cultural Differences
“The Myth of the Latin Women” by Judith Ortiz Cofer, the author states how she has been treated by different people in different countries due to their conception of her as a Latin woman. She points out several incidents where she is viewed, stereotypically, as a woman only capable of being a housewife and as a sexual object. She also shows the cross-cultural conflict Hispanics have to deal with on an everyday basis. This country, the United States is purely dominated by Caucasians, where cultural traditions are seeing in Latin women, mistakenly, something purely sexual. She points out these differences to readers to understand why there should not be racial stereotype and gender in the society. In Cofer’s essay, she talks about the controversial stereotypes that many Latin American women experienced and are still experiencing. In the article, she is trying to reach a specified audience of Latin American women who might have been exposed to such stereotypes themselves-“for example, that of the Hispanic woman as ‘Hot Tamale’ or sexual firebrand” (Cofer 629). Then, she has her larger audience she is going towards, the people in this world who believe in the stereotypes of Latin American women. A few examples are that all Latin girls are involved in some type of traditional “woman’s work” type of job, cannot pronounce their words are energetic and sexy. She explains a personal situation when she went to a formal dance back in her grade school days. A boy asked her to go with him to dance, and of course she said yes. Throughout the formal dance, the boy leaned in for a kiss, but she quickly turned away, and then his response was, “I thought you Latin girls were mature”(Cofer 629). One can interpret from this portion out of the article that an overarching theme to the author’s writing style is her past experiences represented in a way that is not too forward on such a touchy subject as racial stereotypes but more in depth...
Cited: Cofer, Judith Ortiz. "The Myth of the Latin Woman: I Just Met a Girl Named Maria." Steps to Writhing Well with Additional Reading. 9th ed. Ed by Jean Wyrick . Boston: Wadsworth Cengage, 2014. 625-627.
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