Ed & I are proud Latinas.
We both embody and defy each stereotype out there about what it is like to be a modern, brown girl, living in a patriarchal dominated society.
We have explored this topic at length and have come to the conclusion that we do not fit into any type of box that someone would try to put us in.
We will not be traditional in the sense that we are submissive to any man. We will not fulfill gender stereotypes and sentence ourselves to the kitchen.
We are, however, emotional, passionate, fiery, even. To quote one of my Latina cousins, we “love hard.” We’ve discussed what this means and realized this has given us permission to explore past patterns of misplaced emotion and dysfunctional relationships.
But, when we love, we give it our all. We do the same thing when we hate.
“We are not saints, we are not whores. We are just women.”
This Shakira song embodies this sentiment. It displays the passion, emotion and pride we feel as Latinas, and the fun, love and heart we have to offer others. Dance along with, bailamos, as we sashay into this coming week!