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

1467 Words Oct 10th, 2016 6 Pages
The standard way of thinking about stereotypes has it that the use of stereotypes is a major way in which we simplify our social world; since they reduce the amount of processing we have to do when we meet a new person. By stereotyping we infer that a person has a whole range of characteristics and abilities that we assume all members of that group have. Stereotypes lead to social categorization, which is one of the reasons for prejudice attitudes (i.e. “them” and “us” mentality) which leads to in-groups and out-groups. a number of psychologists argue that it is a “natural” aspect of human behavior, which can be seen to benefit each group because it helps in the long-run to identify with one’s own ethnic group and so find protection and promote the safety and success of the group. 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 damaging stereotypes can really be. Readers can realize Cofer 's message through the many rhetorical appeals she uses. Cofer uses emotional and, ethical appeal to get her message across to others that the stereotypes of Hispanic women can have negative effects. Cofer uses ethical appeal to portray her Hispanic upbringing. 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, "... Puerto Rican mothers also encouraged their daughters to act and look…

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