Recently, the use of controversial words has become a heavily debated topic and has gained international attention as seemingly truthful statements to some, cause insult to others. The Times article "Why 'Redskins' Is a Bad Word", by acclaimed linguist and professor John McWhortor, was published around the time the use of the word Redskin was being debated. In the article, McWhortor aims to clarify the condemnation of the word Redskin, by suggesting that the offence does not stem from the literal definition of such words, but instead the negative and often derogatory connotations the words have. McWhorter begins by introducing the recent discussions surrounding the use of the word Redskins, especially the actions taken by Californian schools
In her article, Cofer assesses the difficult cultural hurdles of Latin Americans with emotional appeal. She provides insight on her cultural barriers by first conveying the way she had to dress and her struggle, as it shows in this piece of text, “That morning I had organized… which to base my decision” (Cofer 5). This poignancy works to stress an agonizing feeling of uncertainty and restraint towards the author. Therefore, the readers discern sympathy and sorrow because of her cultural barriers to other cultures, this including to develop efficient dress style. Proceeding, “The line I first heard… like other girls” (Cofer 8). This quote uses interesting, yet effective diction to inflict disgust or realization of the
The mental capacity is treated as a disadvantage in the America, despite the fact it already helped the country many times. This long-term problem became the main topic of the Leonid Fridman’s essay “America Needs its Nerds”. The work first appeared on January 11, 1990 in the New York Times as a part of the series “Voices of the New Generation”. The author spoke about the negative attitude the American society has to smart people and demonstrates it with the usage of words like “nerd” or “geek”. Fridman’s essay applies to different groups of people, as the problem exists on different layers of the society: from schools to universities and the adult life. The author’s purpose is to demonstrate
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
A tongue is one of the most important body parts, if that’s what we shall call it, that a human being has. If it was not for the tongue, it would be a very quiet world. Gloria Anzaldúa, born in 1942, near the large Rio Grande Valley of South Texas, was bound to make a difference in lives before she ever knew it. When Gloria turned eleven she started to work in the fields as a migrant worker and then started on her family’s land after the passing of her father. In Gloria Anzaldúa’s the short story, How to Tame a Wild Tongue, she describes her upbringing and growing up in a dual culture society split in two. One being her academic culture, where she is expected to speak clearly and adhere and know to the English language. Another being her Spanish Chicano culture, certain expectations and different regulations are required of her starting at a very young age, and throughout her life growing up in a Mexican-American family. Gloria’s Latino culture has brought along many challenging beliefs, even
The Myth of the Latin Woman: I Just Met a Girl Named María is an essay by Judith Ortiz Cofer that addresses the impact of stereotyping on Latino women. Throughout the essay, Cofer relates her personal experiences with stereotypes to discuss how they have negatively affected her life and the lives of other Latinas. She also explains how these stereotypes originated and calls on her audience, the majority-white non-Latino population, to stop propagating the stereotypical portrayals of Latino women. In The Myth of the Latin Woman, Cofer speaks out about how stereotyping hinders the process of assimilating to a new culture by appealing to ethos through her personal experiences, using similes that show how stereotypes create isolation, and adopting
“The Myth of the Latin Woman: I Just Met a Girl Named María” by Judith Ortiz Cofer and “Mother Tongue” by Amy Tan depict the endeavors people take on in an attempt to integrate into society. Cofer demonstrates how stereotypes of Latina women have led others to misjudge her and explains the difficulty she had disassociating herself from those stereotypes. Tan demonstrates that the “broken” English her mother speaks has led others to think less of her and disregard her. One’s appearance instantaneously causes others to judge them. For some it is easier to blend in and be accepted by their community, but what is it that keeps some people from assimilating, and what effect does their otherness have on them?
When she utilises the modes of appeals, they are subtle within the texts, which leads the reader to analyse as they read. She conveys ideas of internalised oppression, involuntarily imposed upon to follow strict social rules, the act of people erasing cultural heritage, as well as the importance of embracing personal heritage.
The Chicana feminist is not widely accepted, or even recognized. At its best, Chicana writers and artists take to paper and other mediums to share the message. Writers, such as Andzaldua, comment on the necessity for writing. The Chicana expression of creative thought, otherwise unnoticed by the majority of people, is important in that it allows people to show the struggle, emotion, and wisdom surrounding personal experience (Andzaldua). Poetry, for instance, can be described as a political act, which enables further thought and understanding between people. Additionally, these stories reveal the great diversity among women.
First Generations: Women of Colonial America, written by Carol Berkin, is a novel that took ten years to make. Carol Berkin received her B.A. from Barnard College and her M.A. and Ph.D. from Columbia University. She has worked as a consultant on PBS and History Channel documentaries. Berkin has written several books on the topic of women in America. Some of her publications include: Revolutionary Mothers: Women in the Struggle for America's Independence (2004) and Civil War Wives: The Life and Times of Angelina Grimke Weld, Varina Howell Davis, and Julia Dent Grant (2009). The prejudice that the author brings forward strongly is the notion of feminism.
Generalizations take after specific individuals for the duration of their lives. Judith Ortiz Cofer is a Latina who has been stereotyped and she delineates this in her article, "The myth of the Latin lady: I just met a young lady named Maria." Cofer depicts how pernicious generalizations can really be. Perusers can understand Cofer 's message through the numerous explanatory interests she employments. Cofer utilizes moral and, enthusiastic interest to communicate as the need should arise to others that the generalizations of Hispanic ladies can have negative impacts.
Growing up in a Hispanic community, I was exposed to the limitations of females and was taught to know my place. I recall many times in which I saw firsthand the belittlement of women. Beginning in my own home, my father expects my mother to cook, clean, and organize his belongings. As a Hispanic female, I have been surrounded by this mentality. In Latin American countries the corresponding roles of women are justified by the term machismo. It is passed down from generation to generation and is instilled from a small age. It’s the belief that males are superior to females and have dominance over them because of their roles. It can be also be defined as the level of masculinity that defines a male. Women are expected to do the roles society
A cultural and social event that I think is especially relevant to this material is the endurance of machismo attitudes of many Mexican and culture. Mexican culture and beliefs are so strong that even when they move or migrate from Mexico to the United States, a new culture, still persists and continue. Mexican cultivates patriarchy ideas which the importance is the support of the family. Men provide the financial support in the household while the woman is the homemakers who take care of the children while the husband is working outside. As well, they cultivate respect within the marriage where the women if often relegated to the demands and desires of her husband. As a consequence, machismo is created as an ideology which men believe they
This is the assumption that the latina women are all domestic and that is all they do. There are many different stereotypes of the latina women, such as them beings cooks, waitresses, house cleaners, and taking care of the children. People think that they are all the same and have no other talents or responsibilities. People make assumptions just by the color of their skin or their race. They do not take the time to get to know the person before they start assuming things. The author tells us about a time that has stuck with her. She says, “An older woman motioned me over to her table… She ordered a cup of coffee from me, assuming that I was the waitress.” (Cofer 312) This shows exactly how stereotypical people can be. Stereotypes have no morals for latina women. Just because they look or dress a certain way it does not make it right to judge them for it. The author explained a situation that has happened to her, she states that she was at a dance and a male comes up to her and attempts to kiss her. She doesn't respond the way he wanted her to, he said “I thought you latina girls were suppose to mature early.” (Cofer 310) This shows how disrespectful and impolite people are to the latina women. They just assume that every latina woman would be ready to do that no matter their age. People should not judge any person by what they wear or look like. You should get to know the person and their personality before you base your opinion on
Judith Ortiz Cofer explains her personal experiences of dealing with stereotypes in her short story, “The Myth of the Latin Woman”. She starts off with a story of an Irish man who sang to her. He sang a song that she knew, but he had changed the lyrics to make them uncomfortable for her. She proceeds on by saying that this is not uncommon for Latin women. Puerto Rican women, such as herself, are often victims of stereotypes and racism. Judith says that she can even remember being stereotyped early in her childhood. As a child, she dressed differently from her peers, and this did not help her situation. Judith tells another story of when a drunk man sang crude and inappropriate lyrics at her. Sadly, she has plenty of stories of her being stereotyped. Through it all, however, she continues to rise above.