How to Date a Browngirl, Blackgirl, Whitegirl, or Halfie Analysis

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Joey D’Andre Safari Ross Engl 101 Sec 105 11 Oct 2011 How to Date a Browngirl, Blackgirl, Whitegirl, or Halfie An instruction manual on how to get a girl based on their ethnicity is what Junot Diaz wrote in the story “How to Date a Browngirl, Blackgirl, Whitegirl, or Halfie.” One central theme in the story is the idea of stereotypes. A stereotype is a preconceived notion about someone based on an outside characteristic they posses. These generalizations come from some truth but you can’t put everyone into a specific category based on their appearance. In this controversial story, Diaz uses the main character to talk about stereotypes and demonstrates how he treats women differently based on their race. The story shows the reader how…show more content…
“How to Date a Browngirl, Blackgirl, Whitegirl, or Halfie” also exposes the way the main character thinks of girls. He is only worried about how he can make himself come off to the girl in a false pretense that will impress her. The way he hides his real identity when he hides his cheap cheese and pictures shows he is not looking for the girl to like him of accept him, just looking for a physical reward in impressing the girl. If he was looking for the girl to like him, or a relationship beyond the physical level, he would want her to like him and accept him for who he is and how he lives. He also shows that he is not secure in himself when he says “Run a hand through your hair like the whiteboys do even though the only thing that runs easily through your hair is Africa” he feels like being white would make him better and the girl would like him more. Diaz not only stereotypes in this story, but he generalizes by race and social class. The way he does this is he predicts what each girl will do or say because of the aforementioned race and social class. He implies that all girls are brought up the same way for example “A local girl may have hips and a thick ass but she won’t be quick about letting you touch.” or “A halfie will tell you that her parents met in a movement” he says this so assuredly and confidently like every girl will say this and every girl does say this. The only way to predict what a girl is going to say, is by putting her into a

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