By Michelle Herrera Mulligan, Robyn Moreno
Why, within the minds of such a lot americans, are Latinas nonetheless regarded as maids, seductresses, and booty-shaking salsa divas? by no means has the concept that of Latina id been extra suitable. additionally, by no means has there been a brand new new release of Latinas so able to say what they suggest or even criticize the Latina new release that preceded them. previously. In Border-Line Personalities, twenty writers percentage their poignant and wickedly humorous tales approximately struggling with with their moms, suffering from talking Spanish, and working with the boys who have performed them mistaken, between a myriad of different subject matters. finally, each one essay incorporates a diverse standpoint, lending credence to the idea that nobody can label anyone merchandise, suggestion, or individual extra Latina than the opposite. Questions posed to Latinas of every age in Border-Line Personalities: Why do many folks usually consider extra American than Latina? How vital is Spanish, fairly? can we all particularly healthy less than one cultural umbrella? while brooding about having childrens, can we particularly need to ponder being stay-at-home mothers as so much folks have been raised to think was once legislations, or can Latinas even think about the opportunity of elevating young ones whereas operating? What will we do once we fall in love with a person (male or lady) outdoors our tradition?
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Unfortunately for them, college did not just introduce me to American boys. The sign in the student center was straightforward: Workshop for Women on Sexuality at 2:30 pm. Hosted by the college’s feminist collective. I would like to say now that the moment that changed my life was charming or at least cinematic. But it comes down to this: one night, I was going down on my new boyfriend, and the next afternoon, I was sitting in a carpeted room with white girls, giggling, fully clothed, and drawing portraits of our vulvas.
After the death, we moved, and I was transferred to a predominantly white school that seemed like 90210 to me. They had school-sponsored ski trips, huge pep rallies, and kids named Sunny and Tyler who drove BMWs. It was a huge change from the all-Mexican high school I just left. I went from being vice-president of my old school’s freshman class to eating lunch by myself. Eventually, I created a role for myself as a smart, well-mannered girl and eventually ﬁt in by joining the debate club and dating a Jewish boy named Mitch.
Then there is Iris Chacón. Lo but bigger. On Saturdays, my family gathered to watch a variety show < 33 > B O R D E R - L I N E P E R S O N A L I T I E S on Spanish-language television, where Iris Chacón was all sequin panty thong and big brown ass, and salsa was just a side note. She was a curve of glitter on the screen, an exaggeration (turned into art) of all that was mujer, and we were all very much in love with her. Or at least my father and I were. Like a good Latina family, we did everything together, even watch women with big butts and tetas at eight o’clock on Saturday nights.