By Phillipa Kafka
Because in their ethnic id, Latinas occasionally face discrimination within the usa. Latinas are also oppressed due to their gender―because they're ladies, they carry a subordinate place in patriarchal Latino tradition. The oppression of Latinas is maintained via quite a few cultural mechanisms, which maintain strength kin in response to gender. This e-book provides specific consciousness to the function of woman cultural gatekeepers in novels by means of modern Latina writers.
These gatekeepers implement and perpetuate patriarchal cultural constraints onto destiny generations of Latinas. They build and police woman id, together with their very own, by using idiomatic expressions, epithets, jokes, morality stories, and myths. the quantity starts by way of reading Judith Ortiz Cofer's Silent Dancing, a piece that in actual fact illustrates the position of gatekeepers in perpetuating gendered strength family. It then turns to the writings of Christina García, Julia Alvarez, Rosario Ferre, and Magali Garcia Ramis. via their hugely severe but loving characterizations of woman gatekeepers, those Latina writers recommend a unique lifestyle for Latinas, a feminist way.