Don’t call me hot tamale” In the story “Don’t call me a Hot Tamale” by Judith Ortiz Cofer – a Hispanic woman writes about being stereotyped as a latina, living in a non- hispanic culture. She describes her encounter in reaction to both her heritage and her gender. Growing up in New Jersey Judith and her parents “practiced strict Catholicism complete with Sunday mass in Spanish.” They also kept a tight surveillance on their daughter. As a teenager she was constantly lectured on “how to behave as a proper senorita.” Controversy grew when schoolmates and their parents thought Judith’s mother would dress them up to “mature and flashy.” Puerto Rican customs were being misinterpreted by customs of the everyday Americans in her surroundings. Judith’s mother was raised on a “Tropical Island where the natural environment was a riot of primary colors, were showing your skin was one way to keep cool as well as to look sexy.” One of puerto rican “traditions and laws of a Spanish/catholic system of morality and machismo, the rule of which was: you may look at my sister, but if you touch her i will kill you.” signal often get mixed up “when a puerto Rican girl who is dressed in her idea of what is attractive who has been trained to react to certain types of clothing as a sexual signal, a clash is likely to take place.” Judith being the mature woman that she is chooses not to “fight these pervasive stereotypes.” she replaces them “with more interesting set of realities.” She now travels the around the United States telling stories from her personal novel and poems.
Like author Judith Ortiz Cofer writes her story “The Myth of the Latin Woman: I Just Met a Girl named Maria” that “As a Puerto Rican girl living in the Unites States and wanting like most children to “belong,” I resented the stereotype that my Hispanic appearance called forth from many people I met” (366). Parents raise their kids to become the stereotype instead making them see the better in them and the batter in
It does not have a rhyme pattern because written in free verse. In this poem Thretaway writes about a little African American girl that tells lies that may really don’t matter, but in some point they do. The author describes every image of the poem so that the reader can imagine everything clearly. The first stanza uses lot of color imagery; it uses six colors to describe the lies the little girl, who is the author, told (J. Sirkant). In this stanza the author is also using these colors to describe her skin tone as she was growing up in a black community.
There is a lot of color imagery in this poem, the first stanza especially. It mentions 6 different colors, all describing the lies. It’s about an African American girl that may tell little lies that don’t really mean much. She would lie about where she lived, and where she bought her clothes, but would also lie about being African American. Right below the poem is the history of Natasha Trethewey, and she was a girl that was just light enough to pass for white.
In the poem, the speaker states the girlchild has “wee lipsticks the color of cherry candy” (4), showing that she already wants to alter her appearance. As children grow into young adults, they become aware of outside judgments; as the girlchild was made aware in the poem. “Then in the magic of puberty, a classmate said:/ You have a great big nose and fat legs” (5-6). Girls are pressured into looking the way media portrays beauty. Unfortunately, outward appearances take on a more important role than other characteristics to teenage girls.
Michael Jennings Mrs. Strange ENG 102 November 27, 2012 “White Lies” by Natasha Trethewey and “Theme for English B” by Langston Hughes were both poems wrote to express some racial issues that the authors went through. In “White Lies” we see that Trethewey went through some racial identity issues. She felt as if she had to lie to blend in with the rest of the whites, which was easy for her because she was mixed. To understand the full meaning of this poem you must first know that Trethewey was the product of an interracial marriage.
Burberry does a great job in using this need for attention in their ad. By not only using Rosie yet again to create a goddess of a woman who stands out but also at the bottom of the ad the words “The new fragrance for women” are written. These word draw in the woman consumer because what she has at home is out of date this new perfume will make her “hip”. Kallie a high schooler says that she would buy it just because it is advertised by Rosie. Burberry fills in the the need for attention by offering this product which will help you to
As the three girls walk into the A&P wearing bikinis, an act that was certainly unacceptable for the story’s time period (most likely the 1960s), these girls are doing this strictly for shock value. In paragraph two, the persona of the girls is introduced by the narrator, Sammy: “You never know for sure how girls’ minds work but you got the idea she had talked the other two into coming in here with her, and now she was showing them how to do it, walk slow and hold yourself straight” (Updike 418). As Sammy describes how he believes that the third girl, “Queenie”, is the instigator, he also degrades the girls by claiming that one can never figure out how a girl’s mind truly works. It is with Sammy’s
The ugly truth of society rears its ugly head in our music as Mick Jagger sings “We’re gonna come around 12 with some Puerto Rican girls that are dying to meet you. We’re gonna bring a case of wine Hey, let’s go mess and fool around. You know, like we used to” a quote taken from Maria Hinojosa essay about how she admired and praised Sonia Sotomayor for raising the status quo around Latin women but also for planting the seed so future generations could flourish into beautiful successful
Meghan “Topeka” Fortier July 18, 2012 Reflection #3 After reading “Appreciating Diversity” and our discussion in class, I really connected to the part where people always judge and stereotype because I am a lesbian: Stereotype #1: You can spot us a mile away. Of course you can’t tell from just looking at me, I’m really girly. And so is my girlfriend. But once people get to know me or friend me on Facebook, that see that I’m gay and that I’m in a relationship with a girl. We can talk about needing to except each other as much as we want, but when it comes down to it, people are going to say, do, and think whatever pops up in their mind first.