Her final point strikes clear when she points the reader in the direction of God and begs the question is he able to relate to the Latina woman as an Anglo-God with a Jewish descent. Stereotypes follow certain people throughout their lives. Retrieved 2 December The author concludes by expressing her desired to see a change in the way Latinos are viewed beyond equivocal stereotypes.
Cofer uses ethical and, emotional appeal to get her message across to others that the stereotypes of Hispanic women can have negative effects. While others have a constant struggle against the misconceptions that are perpetuated regarding the Latina women.
Cofer was then followed by the Hispanic stereotype that Latin women are very sexual because of the way she dressed.
Posted by rnorm at. A professional writer was mistaken as a waitress because she was a Latina. A central theme Ortiz Cofer returns to again and again in her writing is language and the power of words to create and shape identities and worlds. Americans are so used to seeing one way and one culture that when something new or someone new comes along they automatically assign a stereotype to them or try to relate them to a movie character we have seen.
Cofer states how the view of the "sizzling" Latino woman has caused many Latino woman to be sexually harassed. Cofer gives a startling, yet effective example of when she crosses paths with such bias while staying in a "classy metropolitan Hotel She illustrates that the way they [Puerto Rican girls] dress is just a custom influenced by other women from the island.
Readers feel sorry for the writer as her sense of confidence might have been knocked down because of this. Cofer is clearly demonstrating by these examples, how Latino females expression of how they dress; further promote cultural lesbianism.
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 deal with over the years.
Cofer reflects on her childhood and recognizes differences in the way people interact with her and other non-latino females. Growing up as a young girl Cofer was taught to dress a certain way because of her Hispanic culture and at times it was misinterpreted, " Cofer expresses how she agonized over her choice of clothing for career day.
She recognizes that her upbringing has allowed her a set of goals that include changing these stereotypes to a more universal understanding.
In school, she encountered English, which became her functional language and the language she wrote in. She states her expression of clothing could promote the cultural chasm that she faces.
The other main point Cofer makes is that even though she had a hard time when she was growing up she still became successful and that any one can do the same. She was the featured speaker and the woman who had called upon her for a cup of coffee would soon find herself plagued by her stereotypical presumptions.
Cofer continues to reveal the "myth of the Latino woman" as being the menial housemaid or domestic by going on to share, how when at a speaking engagement she was confused by one of the attendees as one of the service staff.The Myth of the Latin Woman Judith Ortiz Cofer portrays in “The Myth of the Latin Woman: I Just Met a Girl Named Maria”, how society often stereotypes groups without a doubt.
In this particular case, the offensive stereotype of the Latino women. A similar evidence of stereotyping is in "The Myth of the Latin Woman," by Judith Ortiz Cofer, the Puerto Rican girl is stereotyped as having the name Maria and her assumed job is a waitress because of the way Latin women are viewed in the media.
/5(6). Mr. Ruth ENG ; Section Stereotype: The Myth of a Latin Woman Judith Ortiz Cofer is a Puerto Rican immigrant and a professor of English and creative writing at the University of Georgia. Cofer has written many books, poems and essays in her career.
COFER THE MYTH OF THE LATIN WOMAN tavely voice the round of gentle applause it deserved. Ihough I was not quite as mused, I managed my Version of an English smile: no show of teeth, no extreme.
Jan 24, · Judith Ortiz Cofer is a Latina who has been stereotyped and she depicts this in her essay, "The myth of the Latin woman: I just met a girl named Maria." Cofer portrays how hurtful stereotypes can actually be.
Among Ortiz Cofer's more well known essays are "The Story of My Body" and "The Myth of the Latin Woman," both reprinted in The Latin Deli.
A central theme Ortiz Cofer returns to again and again in her writing is language and the power of words to create and shape identities and worlds.Download