Border-Line Personalities: A New Generation of Latinas Dish by Michelle Herrera Mulligan, Robyn Moreno

By Michelle Herrera Mulligan, Robyn Moreno

Why, within the minds of such a lot americans, are Latinas nonetheless considered maids, seductresses, and booty-shaking salsa divas? by no means has the concept that of Latina id been extra proper. 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 iteration that preceded them. formerly. In Border-Line Personalities, twenty writers percentage their poignant and wickedly humorous tales approximately scuffling with with their moms, being affected by talking Spanish, and working with the lads who have performed them fallacious, between a myriad of different issues. after all, every one essay features a varied standpoint, lending credence to the speculation that nobody can label anyone merchandise, inspiration, or individual extra Latina than the opposite. Questions posed to Latinas of every age in Border-Line Personalities: Why do many people usually suppose extra American than Latina? How vital is Spanish, particularly? can we all rather healthy below one cultural umbrella? whilst considering having kids, can we particularly need to reflect on being stay-at-home mothers as such a lot folks have been raised to think was once legislations, or can Latinas even give some thought to the potential of elevating young ones whereas operating? What will we do once we fall in love with somebody (male or girl) outdoor our tradition?

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I moved to New York to work in magazines, where my hatred for all things related to fashion and fitness seemed to deepen ironically. The more the froufrou girls around seemed to obsess about their appearances, the more they resembled the fresas I’d left behind so many years ago. I resolved to resent them and live my fashion-minimal lifestyle as a form of protest. My weight started hitting unpredictable peaks and valleys; I seemed to yo-yo the same twenty pounds, hinging on my alternating spurts of alcohol abuse and gym obsessions.

Romance happened between seven and nine in the evening on Spanish soap operas. Sex happened later. But at the supermarket, I read the truth about multiple orgasms in Cosmo. My friends and I relied on Judy Blume’s book Forever to tell us we could have sex with the boy and not marry him. Something could happen between a broken hymen and baby showers. College and a career, of course. But mostly it would be a lot of sex. My best friend and I spent the better part of the summer before high school reading Judith Krantz novels and watching the porn videos from her father’s secret hiding < 32 > E S O S N O S I R V E N place.

In church, we learned that marriage is a holy sacrament. At home, marriage was not so much a union of blessed souls as it was a decree of what kind of street you would end up living on. A good man, one that worked and held a savings account, was a semi-sure sign that you would live in an aluminum-sided twofamily house on a tree-lined street next door to Korean, Brazilian, and Italian families. My mother and tías had worked as teachers, seamstresses, house cleaners, and home attendants, and they wanted me to have an easier life.

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