COFER THE MYTH OF THE LATIN WOMAN PDF

Cofer narrates some occurrences that she went through in which the fact of being a Latina made her the center of attention. The first incident she had that put her on the spot was on a bus trip to London. The author adds that on that moment she figured out that her Hispanic appearance would follow her wherever she goes. Cofer writes that her Hispanic cultural background was always very present in her life. For instance, her family spoke in Spanish, ate Puerto Rican food, and practiced strict Catholicism. Cofer points out that such day Puerto Rican girls were made the negative models because they always stood out for wearing too much jewelry and too many accessories.

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Cofer narrates some occurrences that she went through in which the fact of being a Latina made her the center of attention. The first incident she had that put her on the spot was on a bus trip to London. The author adds that on that moment she figured out that her Hispanic appearance would follow her wherever she goes. Cofer writes that her Hispanic cultural background was always very present in her life. For instance, her family spoke in Spanish, ate Puerto Rican food, and practiced strict Catholicism.

Cofer points out that such day Puerto Rican girls were made the negative models because they always stood out for wearing too much jewelry and too many accessories. She illustrates that the way they [Puerto Rican girls] dress is just a custom influenced by other women from the island. Cofer reports another incident where her Latin features stood out once again. This was not true for many Latin women with deficient English and few skills that work at menial jobs, she recognizes. The last incident Cofer mentions took place in a boat-restaurant.

The day of her fist public poetry reading, an old woman mistook her for a waitress and asked her a cup of coffee. However, she admits that her education has saved her from the harsher forms of ethnic and racial prejudice that many Hispanics have to live with.

The author concludes by expressing her desired to see a change in the way Latinos are viewed beyond equivocal stereotypes.

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The Myth of the Latin Woman: I Just Met a Girl Named Maria Summary and Analysis Essay

Background[ edit ] In the essay, "The myth of the Latin Woman: I Just met a girl named Maria" author Judith Ortiz Cofer expresses her view of the stereotypes that she and other women of Latin and Hispanic descent have had to endure. As a Latin American woman, Cofer shares her opinion regarding the stereotypes that have occurred throughout her life. Cofer reflects on her childhood and recognizes differences in the way people interact with her and other non-latino females. She relates her cultural experience to like being on an island When Cofer is confronted with a career day at school and is faced with the challenge of deciding what is appropriate to wear. She states her expression of clothing could promote the cultural chasm that she faces.

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