• Bertha wrote a new post, Expectations 2 years ago

    For this assignment we had to write our own version of Literary Selfie of “Girl”.

    “Girl” can be found here

    Washing my face and then applying makeup to look “pretty” every single day; wear dresses and skirts bec

    • Paola replied 2 years ago

      Girl as a Latina I completely agree with this. I myself have heard these things growing up from my tia’s and grandma’s. We need to be able to break this control and not because we’re disobedient but because it’s not fair. The men in my life have never been held to these unattainable standards.

    • Mercy replied 2 years ago

      I can relate to your post as a Latina. One thing you said that stands out for me is, “…this consistency of parents being overprotective of girls, not letting them out of their sight, don’t go out with boys by yourself… ‘No hagas cosas buenas , que parezcan malas'”. This impacts me because I feel like my parents don’t trust me and assume that I’ll let myself be disrespected and it offends me when they say this to me.

    • I am intrigued by your post because of the fact that women are expected to be a certain way or “behave” with obedience because of the fact that we are females. One thing you said that stands out for me is when you said “No hagas cosas buenas , que parezcan malas.” I think this is actually really sad because now a days women can’t do certain things because of the way other people will interpret what you do. Your post reminds me of some things I get told because of the way I dress or my characteristics. Thank you for sharing your post. I look forward to seeing what you write next.

    • Maria replied 2 years ago

      Dear Bertha.

      I agree with you because this is really how people think of girls and say how they act. They think women are here to do house work for others. The sentence I liked most in your essay is when you say, ” Washing my face and then applying makeup to look “pretty” every single day…” This sentence shows how people think women should do everyday which is wrong. Thank you for writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because you have power in your words and you should always share.

    • Erika replied 2 years ago

      Dear Bertha,
      Im student at life academy. I agree with you how the stereotypes from the people outside expect from a women and a female. This happens a lot to latina girls because that´s how man expect from women and to do more things for them like you said cook them food and your have to be pretty for the people from outside. Do u think this happens not only in latina girls or other girls from different races? . Thank you for taking your time on writing this post it would teach other people whats going on to girls who are getting affected by the stereotypes from people.

    • Dear Bertha,

      i am interested in you post because, i can connect with everything on here. i do not understand why girls have to be treated differently, girls should get the same respect that men do. we are put on this tightrope that if we do one thing wrong that we fall off and get shamed. this really touched me think that we can be more then what we are supposed to be.

    • Kayla replied 2 years ago

      Dear Bertha,

      I am intrigued by your poem because of the fact that women and girls are expected to act or look a certain way in society because we are females. One sentence you said was “…washing my face and then applying makeup to look “pretty” every single day” i agree with this because women are expected to wear makeup and get dolled up because we have to look feminine and if we don’t than we will be belittled for not wearing makeup.

  • Bertha wrote a new post, Please Read! 2 years ago

    Dear Leaders of America,

    My name is Bertha Saavedra. I had made research about the Charlotteville attack. I had learned that still in the year 2017, people can still get hurt because of their beliefs. My

    • Dear Bertha,

      I am enlightened with your opinions with school education. Why i am so enlightened with your statment is because i never really saw it that way as you do, that we don’t really have a voice, i never thought about it this way.

      One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is ¨ To know from right and wrong. To not be scared towards other people’s ideas. Education should be free. A solution is to fund money to schools especially public schools to provide students with better resources. The government should take part of this solution.” i think this is very true and expanded my mind to think i didn’t think of. Another sentence that i liked was “listen to the people, listen to what they need and ideas they have, take that in consideration” this stood out to me because it is very important to kids have their voices listened to and i completely understand that many people are left unheard. I do agree with you that we should prioritize education. One reason i agree with this is because sometimes education is taken for granted and it shouldn’t people need an education. Another reason i agree is because many people who didn’t go to school struggle a lot in the real world. It shouldn’t be like this and all people should get the education they deserve. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because you are such a wonder writer. Also because you think of things others are blind to and i admire that. I love your ambition.

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