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There's Beauty In My 'Girl Culture'

prisca dorcas mojica rodriguez | Posted 03.29.2016 | Latino Voices
prisca dorcas mojica rodriguez

So think twice next time you judge someone who gets a little too excited about that matte nail polish, because we are not being silly girls. We are actively participating in the ways in which the world sees us. We are sculpting an image, strategically and with a lot of care. Whether you understand it or not, it is not about you. It is about us.

Call Me Whatever I tell You To Call Me

prisca dorcas mojica rodriguez | Posted 03.10.2016 | Latino Voices
prisca dorcas mojica rodriguez

In the USA, it is like people think that because you are on THEIR conquered land, they can take your name and make it fit into their language. THIS is covert colonization -- to take my Spanish-spelled name and claim it without any regard by turning it into Pur-si-lah INSTEAD of Piri-Sí-Lá. There is a difference. My mother says my name how it is meant to be said; my father says my name how it was always intended.

To The Men In My Life

prisca dorcas mojica rodriguez | Posted 01.22.2016 | Latino Voices
prisca dorcas mojica rodriguez

Who gave you that right, the liberty, to have anything to say about me? I think someone forgot to tell you that nothing of mine is for you. Why is my clothing suppose to be appropriate for my age, the event, other people, children, but never is it about what I want to wear on MY body.

My Immigrant Story: Soup

prisca dorcas mojica rodriguez | Posted 12.07.2015 | Latino Voices
prisca dorcas mojica rodriguez

Being an immigrant is an interesting experience like that. People expect you to erase your attached memories to things like soup, and start afresh in these lands of opulence. I cannot like soup because to do so means to forget what soup meant for me growing up.

Growing up Brown: Staying

prisca dorcas mojica rodriguez | Posted 11.16.2015 | Latino Voices
prisca dorcas mojica rodriguez

I come from a lineage of women who have kept secret bank accounts, crushed sleeping pills on homemade dinners, JUST to imagine themselves happy - elsewhere. I come from women who, si pudieran regresar al dia que se casaron, THEY WOULD NOT marry, at all.

My Strict Mami

prisca dorcas mojica rodriguez | Posted 11.02.2015 | Latino Voices
prisca dorcas mojica rodriguez

I write for my mami. She may not read my work all the time, and she may also not fully understand why I have chosen to prioritize my body and sexuality and my choices over any man, but I do this because of her.

My Vagina Saved Me

prisca dorcas mojica rodriguez | Posted 10.19.2015 | Latino Voices
prisca dorcas mojica rodriguez

I remember back in 2010, while watching "The Real Housewives of Atlanta," hearing Kandi refer to her vagina (labia) as "beef curtains" and in that moment my whole world began to make sense. Here I was, in my early twenties, exploring my sexuality and beginning to have a very real realization: my vagina did not look like any vagina that I saw. Porn surely had done me no service in providing me with any representation for vaginas that looked even remotely like mine - brown-vagina representation was lacking in the porn industry. For damn sure.

My Mami's Greatest Joy, and Her Peor Pesadilla

prisca dorcas mojica rodriguez | Posted 09.30.2015 | Latino Voices
prisca dorcas mojica rodriguez

I am not quiet; in fact I am loud and erratic. She loves that I make myself seen and visible in a world that tried to silence her -- to make her less threatening. She stands beside me and demands that of herself in her adulthood -- because if I can, so can she.

When Did My Personality and Personal Style Become Unprofessional, Bad, and Rude?

prisca dorcas mojica rodriguez | Posted 09.22.2015 | Latino Voices
prisca dorcas mojica rodriguez

I get worried when words like: manners and politeness, become code for policing my behavior. Especially when we know that our brown and black family members are policed, because of their perceived badness, at staggering rates.

Growing up as a Brown Girl: Aesthetics

prisca dorcas mojica rodriguez | Posted 09.11.2015 | Latino Voices
prisca dorcas mojica rodriguez

I have hairy knuckles. I have a wider-set nose. My elbows are a darker shade of brown. All these things have been pointed out to me to remind me that European features are the epitome of beauty, and I have none of the features.

Spicy

prisca dorcas mojica rodriguez | Posted 08.21.2015 | Latino Voices
prisca dorcas mojica rodriguez

When I hear you call me aggressive, bold, angry, spicy, I think: yes, I might be. But do not reduce this contextual reaction to my lived-realities because of how different it is from yours.

What's So Feminine About Being a Feminist?

Lisa Marie Jenkins | Posted 01.25.2015 | Women
Lisa Marie Jenkins

Do we need a few policy changes, sure, but the real issue is the lack of balance between masculine and feminine characteristics in the world. And I don't mean male vs. female. True empowerment comes from peace, which is exactly what the 21st century should be about.

Girlfriends: The Other Women

Sandra Ramos O’Briant | Posted 09.16.2014 | Fifty
Sandra Ramos O’Briant

Fortunately, I got to go to college in the late '60s. The Second Wave ruled! Birth control was readily available and there were savvy girls from all over the world at UNM. What was even better, they knew nothing about me. Sure, I was a little weird, but weird was in. I could blend. Somewhat.

Mourning The Death Of Novelist Erica Kennedy

BuzzFeed | Posted 06.19.2012 | Women

Erica Kennedy, author of the novels Bling and Feminista and a feminist icon to many, was found dead at her home on June 13. Her cause of death has not...

Goodbye, Erica Kennedy

Barbara & Shannon Kelley | Posted 08.19.2012 | Women
Barbara & Shannon Kelley

Erica Kennedy was a connector. A spark. A deep thinker and a deep feeler. I'm so sorry that I'll never know her better -- and so thankful that I knew her at all.

Should Ads For Cosmetic Surgery Be Banned?

The Huffington Post | Posted 03.16.2012 | Women

“Boob Jobs. Same Day Surgery. Get More, Pay Less!” Ads like this one, displayed at bus stops in London in late 2011, will be banned in the UK ...