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2018 Was The Year Of Latinas Smashing The Patriarchy

From speaking out, to urging us to vote, warning, or pointing out irony, Latinas are a stand against misogyny. Whether its in politics, Hollywood, radio, advertisement, and in sports, Latinas across the globe have rallied the voices of our communities speaking their minds, standing up for one another, and committing acts of self-love, all as a form of resistance.

Here’s a look at 20 Latinas taking down misogyny.

1. Club Feminista in da haus!

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Call us feminazis, bitches, marimachas, go ahead — we’re all of that and more, including a club or una pandilla. To quote Kreayshawn, “[We] got more swag, and it’s pumping out [our] ovaries.

2. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez calling on us all to vote out everyone who supported the nomination of Judge Kavanaugh.

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Justice democrat, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who refuses to campaign with big money, beat Joe Crowley in the primary election for a shot at a seat in the house of representatives, and she wants us all to help elect more survivors of rape, sexual assault and misconduct, and domestic violence to office.

3. Many other mujeres are sounded off on #stopKavanaugh and wrote about their experiences with assault.

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One thing many don’t seem to understand is that the reason that mujeres believe one another so readily when we tell our stories is because so, so many of us have experiences with assault, sexual misconduct, harassment, rape, domestic violence, and or child sexual abuse at the hands of men.

4. @implynotinfer asks if women are being expected to have video footage to prove we’ve been raped or assaulted.

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Virginia Manuel questions all the talk about corroborating evidence and asks if people really expect women to catch every assault on camera which obviously isn’t possible.

5.  Michelle Villegas Threadgould was one of the first to point out this irony.

After Villegas Threadgould pointed how “hysterical” Kavanaugh looked during questioning, PBS’ Mark Shields said, about the end of the confirmation hearings, “the time for protesting and shrieking is over.” WTF?

6. Yolanda Machado addresses MeToo and the lack of WOC in Hollywood in one Tweet.

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If you want the inside scoop about sexism and misogyny in Hollywood, then you really ought to be following Yolanda Machado.

7. Veronica Sanchez takes on Fox News.

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Sanchez pokes fun at right wing men and their love of Fox news in this keen observation of the look of women hired on Fox News. Yeah, the Fox News once lead by disgraced CEO Roger Ailes who had to resign due to sexual misconduct allegations.

8. Dr. Lisa Vallejos warns hermanas about the social justice svengali.

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But it’s not just Fox News, Dr. Vallejos wants us all to be careful of men who call themselves feminists or call out oppression against women, while not being aware of their own privilege and stealing women’s ideas at the same time.

9. Lucia Bustamante unearthed this totally sexist Apple computer add.

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Sure this is an old Apple add, one that they would not dare to use now; however, Apple’s workforce is still, as of 2017, only 32% women, compared to 68% men. Only 13% are Latino. Makes you wonder how many of those are Latina.

10. This mujer, Raiza, takes on racism and misogyny in the soap opera world

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Responding to some Twitter troll who says that someone should shove a taco up the new Latina character’s ass, @ha_roomi is pointing out racism that actually encourages violence against a woman.

11.  Latino USA’s, Maria Hinojosa,  doesn’t hold back when she criticizes fellow journalist, John Hockenberry for claiming to be the victim after being accused of harassment and silencing women of color.

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Maria Hinojosa put a Twitter smack down on John Hockenberry in September after his article in Harper’s in which he wrote about being the victim of the #MeToo movement.

12. Trint rejects gender norms with a fierce foto!

Forget about pinche John Hockenberry, and look at Trent here rejecting standards of beauty and gender norms all in one spectacular photo.

13. There’s nothing misogyny hates more than a dose of self love.

Eurocentric and cisgender standards of beauty have made it difficult for Latinas to love themselves, but that doesn’t stop latinxreyes from loving every hair on their body.

14. Maddy is dealing with an alt-right creeper — they always want to f**ck what they think they hate.

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It’s probably not uncommon for alt-right creepers to want to f**k who they hate, or think they hate — hence the rape of slave women by slave masters. Sex is often about power too.

15.  Chingona artist, @yocelyn_riojas, creates art to critique the Madonna/whore depiction of women.

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You can buy Riojas’ art with images like this one at Society6.com

16.  Did @bad demonicana just coin the term whorefobia?

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First off, did you see the Twitter handle on this mujer, @bad demonicana? Second, she nails the odd bed fellow shared by conservatives and leftist: whorefobia.

17. Nothing like a dose of misogyny and homophobia.

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@EsaIndigena made us laugh when she pointed out this angry personal attack, and like all personal attacks, the issue at hand probably had nothing to do with her sexuality, pero go ahead, call her a marimacha. “What’s your point exactly,” she asks.

18. This Xicana speaks out against the Serena Williams sexism and scolds her racist tennis coach.

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It’s unfortunate when coaches and teachers are worse bullies than peers. It hurts worse, and the hurt lasts longer because the adults were the ones who were supposed to protect us.

19. @VivianaLaXicana questions our attachments to non-violence in the face of oppression.

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Non-violence has a place and a time, but this, as Viv points out, might not be the time.

20. Riot Grrrl, Molly Neuman, and mom to a Latina, cracked us up with this tweet about our gaslighter-in-chief.

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There’s an app that “replaces images of Donald Trump with kittens, because seriously, f*** that guy,” and now he’s calling our phones? @mollydneuman, say, no, no, no!


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The Spanish ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ Is Being Shared To Honor Hispanic Workers Fighting COVID-19

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The Spanish ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ Is Being Shared To Honor Hispanic Workers Fighting COVID-19

There’s no denying that the world looks a lot different now than it did in 1947. And while the list of all of the positive changes that the decades stretching between now and then have done for the world and minorities, a recent campaign is also highlighting the ways in which our current president could take some notes on certain values the United States held dear during this time. Particularly ones that had been pressed for by one of our former presidents.

As part of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “Good Neighbor Policy” effort, he worked to promote positive and healthy relations between the United States in Latin American countries.

At the time Rooseveltaimed to ensure that the North, Central and South American countries avoided breaking under the influence of Axis countries during World War II. As part of this campaign, Roosevelt comissioned a Spanish and a Portuguese version of the U.S. national anthem. According to Time Magazine he also “recruited Hollywood to participate in this Good Neighbor Policy; Walt Disney went on goodwill tour of South America, hoping to find a new market for his films, and ended up producing two movies inspired by the trip: Saludos Amigos (1942) and The Three Caballeros (1944). The Brazilian star Carmen Miranda also got a boost, and her role in The Gang’s All Here made her even more famous in the U.S. And alongside these cross-cultural exchanges, the U.S. government decided it needed an anthem that could reach Spanish speakers.”

According to NPR, Clotilde Arias, wrote wrote the translation at the end of World War II, was born in the small Peruvian city, Iquitos in 1901 and moved to New York City to become a composer when she was 22-years-old. Her version of the anthem is now part of an exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

Now in an effort to support Latino communities affected by the coronavirus, the non-profit We Are All Human Foundation’s Hispanic Star campaign commissioned the a remake of the song.

Hoping to raise awareness of its Hispanic Recovery Plan and efforts to help to connect Hispanic small businesses and workers with resources during the pandemic, the campaign brought the old recording from obscurity.

For the song, the 2019 winner of the singing competition La Voz,  Jeidimar Rijos, performed “El Pendón Estrellado.” Or, “The Star-Spangled Banner.” 

The song has already received quite a bit of comments and support on Youtube.

Hang in there, fam. We can only get through this together.

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These Online Botanicas Will Satisfy The Bruja In You

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These Online Botanicas Will Satisfy The Bruja In You

With young Latinxs reclaiming the bruja identity, the demand for access to novenas, herbs and other specially crafted ritual tools has grown tremendously. Luckily, these Latinx-owned online botanicas have made it easy for brujas, or anyone who wants to dive deeper into the practice, to get their hands on the goods. Whether you’re looking to conjure up more cash flow or secure some extra protection from those pesky mal de ojos, these shops have the magia you need.

1. The Flowerchild Bruja

You know you’ve received some real tesoro when you open your delivery and see the holographic cellophane. Unmistakable and unique products are what make The Flowerchild Bruja’s shop un cielo de flores. Garden Smudge Sticks adorned with colorful flowers and loose herbs packaged in clear hearts make this online botanica a must-visit if you’re looking to manifest more love and beauty into your life.

2. Brooklyn Brujeria

No forlorn-looking saints and pale stricken Marys here! Brookyn Brujeria offers a fresh and modern take on the classic bruja necessity of novena candles. At $10 a candle, you can enhance the vibrations and style of your space without blowing all your chavo. With intentions like Boss Bitch and F*ck Outta Here, these ain’t your abuelitas’ novenas.

3. The Hoodwitch Store

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Thank you for all of your love & support to those who have been readers and customers of @thehoodwitch over the years. ♥️You know truly how hard I work and that this is my livelihood and culture. Visual art and magic ARE my life and practice. Not a peach flavored “turquoise” glitter drink. My magic is in my blood, my magic is in my ability to bring life to my visions, it is creation & destruction. Over the last 6 years, I have been so honored and lucky to be featured in some of the largest media publications internationally not limited to Instagram. This is bigger than that and the creative team for Starbucks knew that. I have personally worked on consulting large companies in their design concepts this work comes naturally to me. “So what’s the big fuss?” My personal style has become synonymous with the visual aesthetic of my brand. No, I absolutely did not “invent” the crystal balls nor acrylic nails but What I created was a space for myself along with other POC to feel represented and have visual imagery that was representative of us. The colorful candles of my local botanicas, my gold jewelry, and my long nails clutching my crystals are certainly not “new” but to see them presented in a manner that I shared visually in this space was. Katherine de Vos Devine @devosdevine is a lawyer and art historian who wrote a powerful and insightful look as to what exactly is happening with this situation and we are sharing it in our story today because more than anything she truly gives the full tea of the situation. I can strip away the crystal balls, the nail art, and delete all of my beautifully curated photos but I will always be me, I will always be my grandmother’s voices and wisdom. I will create, and I will always know my value and my worth. I trust and believe that my ancestors and my guides are looking after me. These giants may have the money to bully artists, creatives, and small business but we know the truth and absolutely must not allow it. As a small business owner, I appreciate you standing with us in this uphill journey and even if it goes nowhere, at the end of the day I can laugh to myself knowing that Starbucks made a drink inspired by HW 🔮

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If you’re in the market for an obsidian scrying mirror, unique tarot decks or nail polish for your mystic manos, then The Hoodwitch Store is your one-stop bruja shop. Be sure to also check out the Bruja Bookshop tab, where you’ll find vintage, one-of-a-kind libros to up your witchy wisdom. The shop offers some rare finds en español as well. However, make sure you stay up to date on the latest inventory. These goods sell out fast!

4. House of Intuition

If you live in LA, you’ve most likely heard of House of Intuition. With four brick and mortar stores throughout the area, plus an online shop, it’s probably a wise investment to grab one of their “Success” intention candles. Their beautifully colored novenas aren’t the only reason to check out the shop, though. Seriously, this casa is staked with everything from crystals skulls, cauldrons and wands to a line called “Hair Mystics” featuring crystal-infused hair mists. You’ll be glad your intuition led you here.  

5. Lunar Magic Shop

Lunar Magic Shop is the super affordable and super thoughtful shop with some of our favorite bruja apparel. You will for sure want to grab the “My Mom Will Hex You” tee for the little one in your life or the “I Am My Own Sacred Place” one for yourself. While you’re at it, you might as well secure the “Motherhood”and “Student” crystal kit bags. This small shop definitely has the whole family’s brujeria needs in mind.

6. Curandera Press

While this shop is currently taking a small hiatus, they will re-launch on August 1. This gives us time to save up for a big vela haul. We could all use some divine intervention with lazy lovers and bad hair days, right? With Curandera Press’ “No Mas Amante Perezoso” and “Good Hair Day” velas, your prayers are answered. We’re excited to see what intentions they roll out next.

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