14 Things Latinas Are Really (Like REALLY) Tired of Hearing
I grew up having a long list of stereotypes foisted upon me simply because I was Latina. The assumptions made about my personality or what my life goals should be were annoying at best, and insulting at worst. So, putting together a list of pretty ridiculous things that have been said to me was an unfortunately easy task to complete. From people describing me as "spicy" to questioning me about my family, here are some phrases I'd be happy to never hear again — you might agree.
"You don't look Latina."
Sure, because to be Latina I must be tan and brunette.
“Can you explain the difference between Latino and Hispanic?”
Can you just Google it?
“Latinas have such bad tempers."
No, people have bad tempers. All kinds of people.
“Say something in Spanish.”
It's not a party trick. I don't ask you to speak on command, do I?
“You’re Mexican, right?”
No, I'm Ecuadorean, but even if I was Mexican, why are you assuming? There are lots of Latin American countries.
“You must be so spicy.”
Actually, no, because I'm not food.
“You probably want to have a bunch of kids.”
I have a large family, yes. Does this mean that I'm automatically supposed to have (or want) a big family, too? Nope.
"Your English is so good.”
Yes, yes, it is, because I grew up two neighborhoods down from you.
"Can you teach me how to salsa dance?"
Nope, because — here comes a shocker — not all Latinas are born with rhythm. It's not a genetic predisposition.
“How come all Latinos are so loud?”
I don't know, how come you buy into stereotypes?
I have no kids, so not a "mami."
“You’re probably always late to things.”
Nope, I'm usually the first one there, so there goes your assumption.
"I love Latinas. You have the best bodies."
You are aware we're not all made out of the same mold, right?
"So, do you eat rice and beans all the time?"
Yes, everyday, all the time, never tried any other food before in my life actually. Sigh.