Many people may believe that I am a female who lacks strength and can’t be dependent for myself just because of my sex since I was not born as a male bodied person who holds more power. People who judge me over being a female think that I only care about my looks in order to fit into society’s expectations. A second thing that people may assume about me is that the city where I live is very dangerous and because of that I will turn out to be a criminal who is only doing bad things throughout their lifetime. The last assumption that gets assumed about me is that most people think I am Mexican because I speak spanish. Also, the reason why they think I’m Mexican is because there are many people that identify their ethnicity as Mexican so then they don’t ask you where you’re from but just assume that they are right. There are so many dominant narratives in the world that try to tell their “truth” which is basically assumptions they make based off of what they see and not real experiences. Dominant narratives are often written and told by people who have a lot of privilege because they think that it’s more important for people to hear them instead of others who actually can say real things that are not based off of judgment. This shadow box that I have created represents my true identities which are the counter narratives that explain a real story about my life. I have chosen to include the flags from where I’m from, religious objects, empowering quotes, and pictures of myself because these all tell you a story of who I am and how it proves all of the dominant narratives wrong. Most of these objects represent my assigned identities because they are the ones I was given and not what I chose for myself. I see myself as a hardworking successful female who many think I am not capable of obtaining. Living in Oakland does not make me become dangerous since I’m choosing a good path for myself to follow. My race is something I am not ashamed of because we are in fact really good people and my ethnicity which is being Guatemalan is something I’m proud of being. These stereotypes in the world don’t represent me because they are all false and won’t make me give up on who I really am.


CC BY-SA 4.0 Beatriz’s shadow box by Beatriz is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

  1. Kelly 5 months ago

    Dear Beatriz,

    I love your shadow box I like what you added inside it. I also love your shadow box because of the bay pictures you put in it (you were so cute!!). One part of your shadow box that stands out to me is when you said that people assume that you are not strong because of your gender. This stood out to me because that is very true in society today, they think that women are weak and can’t do the same things as men. Another part that I liked from your shadow box was were you put the jesus object because religion is also a very important part of my life. Your shadow box connects to me because people also assume I am Mexican jus because I speak spanish. Thanks for your shadow box. I look forward to seeing what you do next because I know you will add some great ideas.

  2. Anthony 5 months ago

    dear beatriz I like your shadow box and it shows how u are really into catholicism and how your religious and have pride in yourself sincerely,anthony

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