EvitaStereotyping is a folly that almost everyone indulges in whether theyrealise it or not.
Of course many try to stop this by educating themselves tobe knowledgeable about worldly affairs but one can only equip oneself with somuch information in ones lifetime. Cofer talks about the stereotype that followLatino women no matter where they go. On the other hand, Eva Peron (Evita),portrays how Argentinean women can rise up in life and defeat the stereotypethey face.
Both Cofer and Evita have conflicting views of how one should beatthe stereotype that they face.Cofer feels that education is the best way a Latino woman can oust thestereotype of them being lower class citizens or as being easy. She realisesthat not every Latino woman has the same educational opportunities as she hadand because of the majority of Latino women perpetuating the myth, thestereotype will go on. Many Latino women invite this stereotype to themselvesas their behaviour and actions are of the result of their upbringing.
Latinowomen think that it is normal to dress flashily or bare their skin. Theirculture allows them to do so as they are protected by traditions and laws of aSpanish/Catholic system of morality. The main rule in their culture is that”You may look at my sister, but if you touch her I will kill you.
” This systemhas made Latino women more open and daring. Once they go out of their culturalsystem, they practice the same actions which often tends to be misinterpreted asbeing easy. Some Latino women have used this as a way to advance themselvesonto higher positions in the world just like what Evita did. These women arenot of the majority but almost all Latino women fall into the stereotype ofbeing easy just because of what a few women has done.Evita is a typical example of how a woman can use her physical assetsto gain higher positions in the world.
Even though she is treated like a sainttoday, there is still a question of morality on how she has advanced herself.True she gave hope to the lower class but how she went about it is morally wrong.By treating her like a saint, it is almost saying that it is all right to useyour body to advance yourself. This is what Cofer is against.
She feels thatwomen should prove themselves and get out of the stereotype by using educationto advance themselves.Many Latino women fall into the term “sexual firebrand” (348)because of the myth that follow them where ever they go. Some have resorted tosubmitting to the advances of opportunists just to retain their position intheir jobs. Evita clearly shows that a woman can get anything she wants bybeing manipulative and submitting to physical pleasures. Cofer actually has madeprogress by using her intellect alone and has managed to accomplish many thingsin life. She is a positive contributing member of society which sadly is not asrecognised as what Evita contributed.
While Cofer has actually contributed to society, what Evita reallyaccomplished is really questionable. Other than raising the hopes of the lowerclass Argentineans that they too can rise from poverty, she did not give themanything valuable at all other than the spirit to fight for their rights. Ifeel that in comparison, Cofer is the one who has contributed more to society asshe is rallying for education as a way to advance oneself. Evita on the otherhand is just perpetuating the stereotype that women should use their physicalattributes to advance themselves.
Both Cofer and Evita show conflicting viewson how Spanish women should come up in life. While both might have their merits,a sense of morality should brings forth the question of what one should chooseand whether to perpetuate or go against the stereotype that Spanish women face.