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By Phillipa Kafka

Because in their ethnic identification, Latinas occasionally face discrimination within the usa. Latinas are also oppressed as a result of their gender―because they're girls, they carry a subordinate place in patriarchal Latino tradition. The oppression of Latinas is maintained via numerous cultural mechanisms, which maintain strength family members in keeping with gender. This ebook supplies unique consciousness to the function of woman cultural gatekeepers in novels via modern Latina writers.

These gatekeepers implement and perpetuate patriarchal cultural constraints onto destiny generations of Latinas. They build and police girl id, together with their very own, by using idiomatic expressions, epithets, jokes, morality stories, and myths. the amount starts via analyzing Judith Ortiz Cofer's Silent Dancing, a piece that sincerely illustrates the function of gatekeepers in perpetuating gendered energy family. It then turns to the writings of Christina García, Julia Alvarez, Rosario Ferre, and Magali Garcia Ramis. via their hugely serious but loving characterizations of woman gatekeepers, those Latina writers recommend a distinct lifestyle for Latinas, a feminist way.

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