Myth Of The Latin Woman Analysis

The topic explaining gender stereotypes is widely acknowledge over the world especially since the feminism movement starting around 1942. The two essays that were provided by the fifth edition of “50 essays” are “The Myth of the Latin Woman: I Just Met a Girl Named Maria” by Judith Ortiz Cofer and “Just Walk on By: Black Men and Public Space” by Brent Staples. Throughout this paper, I analyzed the two given essays to see which I found the most effective for the category. The first reading, “The Myth of the Latin Woman: I Just Met a Girl Named Maria”, Just Met a Girl Named Maria”, tells of the stereotypes Americans have held against Latinas. Judith starts by telling a personal story. The story is as following, “On a bus trip to London from …show more content…
To shorten it up, Judith Ortiz Cofer’s entry in this book is about the stereotypes that had occurred to her. It was basically to explain how society sees all Latina women are seen as the same. As eye opening as the few clichés she used were, I do not think this essay was beneficial in any way to the category it was in. It wasn’t enough about gender stereotypes as it was about racism. She appealed to pathos due to the subject of not fitting in but it didn’t have enough about the topic so I did not find this essay effective at all.
The second essay under the gender stereotypes category is “Just Walk on By: Black Men and Public Space” by Brent Staples. This essay has an unsettling beginning, it starts by saying “My first victim was a woman,”. Upon reading further, I realized that he was describing his “victim” as a woman who herself victimized him. I then read further and was astonished by the sad truth of what I had just read so there is an obvious appeal to pathos used in this essay as well. He
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If you were to see a white male or a black female walking through a store you wouldn’t be as fast to clutch your purse tight to you as you would be if it were a black male. I found this essay the more sufficient of the two included for the “Explaining Gender Stereotypes” cluster. They were both about ethnic backgrounds but when you read further i think the entry by Brent Staples dealt with the gender portion better. First of all, I found his the most interesting to read and second, it was the most on topic. Many people are unaware of all the negativity and uneven treatment people show females. I would not consider myself a feminist in any way and I know that men have just the same amount of stereotypes for their gender as well, but I researched more into what the feminist fight for for the sake of this paper. On humanevents.com I read an article about the main feminism topics. The article brought up about the Roe vs. Wade case which made abortion legal. I agree that it is the woman’s choice even though I do not agree that it is a good decision. People I have previously discussed this subject with have told me that females think it should be legal but I know many who do not. So why is it suggested that they do? Society’s standards make ridiculous stereotypes come into

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