Everyday people are judging and being judged by others with unique criteria that we, as inhabitants of Earth deem necessary checkmarks to be met to afford and be afforded tokens of civility. In Judith Ortiz Cofer’s “The Myth of the Latin Woman” the memoir is brimming with personal accounts of fetishiztation and discrimination the author experiences as a Latin woman that have vast influence on her life. Throughout the text Cofer conveys the significance of how deep the status “exotic” to describe Latina women is held inside the minds of people which the author alludes to on page 879, “I thought you Latin girls were supposed to mature early,”  after being given a sudden, non-consensual kiss at a dance by her date. The author expresses the cultural dissonance between
Those of Spanish-speaking descent have all experienced one of the following at least once in their lives: “Did you make those tacos yourself?” , “Are you Mexican?” When realization hits that this individual speaks a second language they ask, “So you speak Spanish?” or, “Say something in Spanish for me.” Followed by an awkward response of something that hardly skates passed a mere “Hola.” A rather important misconception coincides with the idea that all “Latinos” derive from Mexico, a colossal assumption that unfortunately stands as the most common perception.
A life burdened by rude comments and one-dimensional views is no easy life for a person trying to break the stereotypical mold set by years of media promotion by people who do not know of the cultural. In Judith Cofer's essay "The Myth of the Latin Women" she sets for the reader a theme of a women who for her whole life had to deal with people constantly trying to put her in the same pigeonhole. In Cofer's essay she takes the reader through her own life as a Latina women with her individual moments facing the adversity of being who she is. Cofer's essay is about her life from growing up in school and being out casted as the hopeless Latina. Then to her life as a young adult being harassed by college student boys who find it amusing to try and imitate the Spanish characters they see on TV.
Media: A Diary for Deadly Discrimination “There should be no discrimination against languages people speak, skin color, or religion.” – Malala Yousafzai Have you ever wondered what triggered the root cause of discrimination in the community? Well, if you’ve placed much thought about it the simplest answer would have to be media. In the 21st century of modernization and globalization, media has become a tool for survival in the community.
In the novel Mother and Daughter by Gary Soto, Mr. Moreno is best characterized as strong. One specific example of her toughness is when the narrator comments about how Mrs. Moreno had all the way from Mexico with nothing but a sack and three skirts. She did this so she could compose a better life for her family. The author clearly states, “... She had come with her family from mexico with nothing on her back but a sack with three skirts…,” (Soto 111).
Jazmin Mcdonnell PSYCH 300 Tues 6:30-9:20pm The Hunting Ground I never thought of rape epidemic as how it was described in the movie, because that word is usually connected to deadly diseases, or out breaks. And it’s sad because being that I am woman I was always aware of sexual assault and how often it occurs to women in general but maybe its because unlike other deadly diseases that get broadcasted on every news cast imaginable, the subject of rape, or sexual assault is merely brushed under the table. This movie really opened my eyes to it all, you see because it’s the cultural norm I feel not only in America but around the world that rape or even sexual assault for that matter to not be taken serious in the eyes of the media, only
3.2 The Doppelgänger Motif in The Monk The Monk exemplifies the doppelgänger motif through the character of Ambrosio, as the story follows his fall from holiness to immorality. At the beginning of the novel, Ambrosio is the abbot of a monastery of Madrid and idolized by everyone. Consequently, he is obviously proud of himself and feels superior to normal people because he has never committed any sins. He has no divided self, or, at least, his honorable self prevails, while the other is hidden somewhere: “As yet his other passions lay dormant; But they only needed to be once awakened, to display themselves with violence as great and irresistible” (Lewis 1973: 239). Ambrosio was originally good, as Lewis claims in a few passages, he was “corrupted”
Counteracting Indigenous stereotypes in The Secret Path by Gord Dowie, and Illustrated by Jeff Lemire The Secret Path is a multimedia project that focuses on an Ojibwe boy named Chanie “Charlie” Wenjack, and his escape from residential school. The project premiered on October 23rd 2016, and it comprises of an album, a graphic novel, and an animated film. It was created by Gord Downie and illustrated by Jeff Lemire, both whom are artists that are “white and from southern Ontario,” and they both have no Indigenous heritage (Grundy). In the text, “‘Sharing Our Stories with All Canadians’:
Just typing in the name of the New York bar and inn gets you countless results of differing opinions; a lot of them to do with the new movie, aptly named Stonewall, and its portrayal of the riots. Opinions are split on whether or not it perpetuates the erasure of the trans women of color that were present at Stonewall. Differing opinions aside, it is clear that Stonewall’s new movie re enactment is impacting our society; just perhaps not in the good way. To remind anyone who doesn’t remember, the Stonewall riots started on June 28th, 1969 in Greenwich Village, New York, at the titular Stonewall inn.
District 9 is a film released in 2009, directed by Neil Blomkamp. Despite being a science fiction film, there are still many concepts related to intercultural communication represented in the film. Two that stand out are stereotypes and ethnocentrism. This essay will define these concepts and look at how they are represented in the film. I will also reflect on how identifying these concepts in District 9 have extended my understanding of stereotypes and ethnocentrism.