The Myth Of The Latin Wom I Just Met A Girl Named Maria

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The essay “The Myth of the Latin Woman: I Just Met a Girl Named Maria” by Judith Ortiz Cofer is about deprivation that Latin women go through everyday due to stereotypes that society make up. Stereotypes play a big role in the way that individuals are identified by society. Cofer describes her personal experiences of being a Latin woman, and her struggles that she has to face because of the stereotypes. Cofer tells us of some incidences that happened throughout her life. Like going to London for a summer to Oxford University, where a man sees her on a bus, drops to his knees and sings his own version of “Maria” from West Side Story. Even though she was aggravated, she tried to be calm while everyone around her were amused by the young man’s song. She describes how growing up during 1960’s in New Jersey, she suffered from “cultural schizophrenia” which meant she was forced to keep on with her heritage. Being a Latin woman you’re raised strictly and they have high expectations. Mothers encouraged their daughters to act like mature women. Cofer explains another stereotype, such as the “hot tamale”, where woman are viewed as sexual objects. Woman are usually misinterpreted because of the way they are dressed. Some men treat Latin woman without respect. She talks about when she was at a hotel. A man approached her and began to sing the song of “Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina” in the tune of “La Bamba”. She was offended by the man’s song. People view Latin’s as house maids,

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