Girls Who Play With “Boy” Toys

November 2, 2011

I have always been just a little bit of tomboy. I have six brothers, so my mom’s and older sisters’ attempts to “feminize” me where met with much resistance early on in life. I wouldn’t dream of suffering the humiliation of wearing a dress! I just wanted to be “one of the boys” and I […]

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Tell Clear Channel Radio that Racist Hate Speech is NOT Okay!!

October 15, 2011

I was raised by conservative parents who loved to listen to conservative talk radio. As a teenager, any time that I got into a car with my parents the radio station was always tuned to KFI AM640, a conservative talk radio based out of Southern California. I don’t recall when I first started listening to […]

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Tips for the “Tell Us About Yourself” Part of An Interview

October 11, 2011

I often have the privilege of sitting on interview panels and I’ve noticed many patterns displayed by interviewees at the beginning of an interview that make it hard for me to distinguish them from their competition. One of the main parts of the interview, the “tell about yourself” portion, can make or break how you […]

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Frida Kahlo: Mexican Artist

September 28, 2011

Magdalena Carmen Frida Kahlo y Calderón, known simply as Frida Kahlo, was born in her beloved family home,  la Casa Azul (or “the Blue House”) in Coyoacán, Mexico on July 6, 1907. Frida Kahlo’s celebrated self-portraits reflect a lifetime of pain and sadness that began at the tender age of six when Frida was stricken […]

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Ni Santas, Ni Putas, Ni Locas: Ravings of a Mad Woman

September 6, 2011

“You’re crazy!” He said to me, in the heat of battle, continuing to yell, threaten, and lunge at me menacingly. We were fighting. I was crying. And I was crazy. “Crazy?” I sputtered. “Wh-what am I doing that is crazy? I am crying!” “Look at you—you’re crazy!” I wanted to defend myself. My boyfriend—ex-boyfriend as […]

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How To Raise Girls Who Love Their Looks

September 4, 2011

A few weeks ago a friend of mine posted to his Facebook page this article on how one should talk to young girls. The gist of the article – don’t focus on their looks, focus on their intelligence, because you don’t want to give them low self esteem. All this talk about not focusing our […]

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Re-imagining the Latina in Popular Culture

September 1, 2011

I write in solidarity with the earlier post on this site, “Shame on Latina Magazine.” I do believe it is problematic that Latinas are overwhelmingly shown in such stereotypical roles as maids and housekeepers in Hollywood and other media. What is problematic is that by and large, Hollywood and other outlets of popular culture simply […]

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A Cure? No Thanks, We’ll Pass

August 25, 2011

“Do you hope there will be a cure for autism?” I get this question from time to time. And there are some well known organizations who raise money and use a portion of funds in search of a “cure.” But when I think of disease, I don’t think autism. The Autism Society Of America (ASA) […]

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The Language of Theater: Speaking in Tongues in Chalchihuitán

August 23, 2011

On Mondays and Thursdays, I travel through the highlands of Chiapas, Mexico to the small mountain community of Chalchihuitán, where I lead a theater workshop for indigenous high school students. Las Jades (the Jades), as they call themselves, are a special troupe of the town’s best and the brightest girls, lucky enough to be the […]

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Shame on Latina Magazine!

August 15, 2011

Apparently Latina Magazine thinks it’s okay that Latina women frequently have to play the part of a maid in movies and television. They obviously think that’s it’s so wonderful that they even featured their favorite Latina maids on the website, in response to the hit movie “The Help” that recently came out. It’s already bad […]

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