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The principal notion about life revealed in this essay is that in Westernsocieties the Latin Women are viewed stereotypically as a sex objector selfless housewives and obsequious workers Otherwise some peoplebelieve and perpetuate stereotypes about particular ethnic groups whilein reality those myths can be related to few members of that ethnic groupIn this essay the author Judith Ortiz Cofer discusses how she hasbeen treated by different people in different countries due to theirconception of her as a Latin woman The author refers to the severalincidents where she has been viewed stereotypically as a person who iscapable of doing only a very simple job or being an object that satisfiesa mans lust She says that from her childhood because she was a femaleshe was kept under strict surveillance by her parents and was schooledhow to behave as a proper senorita Because of her background she had tobe dressed up as a Puerto Rican girl As she says it was obvious thatfor the others this kind of dressing seemed vulgar It is clearly thatfrom her childhood the author has been surrounded by the circumstancesin which a female human being must fit into demands of her society Theauthors culture and traditions were not the same with the Americanculture and as a result the girl was grown up on the verge of twodifferent customs As the author says the way of dressing of the Latinwomen gives American men a wrong massage about these women It happensbecause they apply their own culture and customs to the traditions ofother ethnic group Vivid colors of clothes and brilliance of jewelrysometimes are signals of the easy accessibility of a woman for a Westernman From those attributes was created a myth about Hispanic woman asthe hot tamale or sexual firebrandThe author recalls stories that she heard in her house during herchildhood about sexual harassment that Puerto Rican women endured infactories where they were seen as if sexual innuendo was all theyunderstood She also describes
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