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My experience with sexual harassment

Sexual harassment sounds pretty serious, right?

I think so too, so when I learned what it was in high school, I was shocked and uncomfortable to realize that I had been experiencing sexual harassment since middle school. I never had a name for it, but I knew that it made me feel uncomfortable and ashamed of my body. 

According to the New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault, sexual…


Added by Arleen E Lopez on April 21, 2013 at 6:38pm — 1 Comment

Waves of Nostalgia: Music That Takes You Back

The Oxford English Dictionary defines "nostalgia" as "sentimental longing for or regretful memory of a period of the past, esp. one in an individual's own lifetime; (also) sentimental imagining or evocation of a period of the past."

As most of us might know, April 16 was Selena Quintanilla Perez's birthday, also known as Selena Day. The reina tejana would have been…


Added by Arleen E Lopez on April 21, 2013 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

Unconditional Love... for my dog

This is a blog post dedicated to my adorable, spoiled brat, Bella. 

Bella is my miniature poodle, whom I did not name after the Twilight series. She lives back home in El Paso with my parents. I have had Bella since December 2006. I got her as a present for my 16th birthday, and have loved her unconditionally since she popped out of the gift box my parents managed to keep her in for all of 15 seconds. 

Back then Bella fit in the palm of my hands. I don't have…


Added by Arleen E Lopez on April 20, 2013 at 4:51pm — 2 Comments

The Cleaning Lady

Every afternoon after class, I see a Latina woman at my apartment complex cleaning up broken beer bottles, litter, and the occasional puddle of barf that is routine in a building full of college students. She seems to be in her late 30s or 40s. She works quietly, but for the occasional phone call she makes to a friend. I assume it's a friend because of the Spanish cuss words peppered here and there throughout her conversation. 

I don't know her name, but I see her everyday. She cleans…


Added by Arleen E Lopez on March 25, 2013 at 9:00am — 3 Comments

What is intersectionality?

Before going to college, I knew that feminism was a dirty word for most people, but I felt a strong conviction to identify as one anyway. I understood the importance of human rights. Let's not forget, feminism isn't only about women's rights, it's about human rights. 

As I began learning more about feminism, I noticed how the mainstream form of feminism seemed to focus mostly on the interests of white, middle class women. As a working-class Chicana, I felt a disconnect with…


Added by Arleen E Lopez on March 24, 2013 at 1:30pm — No Comments

The importance of asking for help

This is my last semester at UT Austin, and I'm feeling pressure like I've never felt before. Graduation is now only 2 months away, and I'm still not sure where I'll be afterwards! I'm looking for jobs, but I'm not really sure what I want to do once I'm done with college, or what I want to be. My freshman year of college I thought I'd have it all figured out by now, but I'm still flailing about, like a fish without water, trying to pin down where I want to start. You see, I…


Added by Arleen E Lopez on March 24, 2013 at 1:14pm — 4 Comments

My 10 hour SXSW adventure

I was only in Austin for half of my spring break, so I wasn't able to thoroughly enjoy South By Southwest's music portion as much as I would have liked. South By is getting increasingly busy every year, and getting into shows has become more and more difficult. At some free showcases you can be in line for hours, and never make it into the venue. (It happened to me last year). With this in mind, and knowing I hadn't RSVP'd to many events, I didn't expect to make it into a single showcase. I…


Added by Arleen E Lopez on March 19, 2013 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Dolores Huerta

*March is women's history month, and in celebration of that, this blog post will highlight a woman of color that has helped change the world for the better. 

Many of us have heard of Cesar Chavez, an activist for farmworkers in the 60s. However, his co-founder for the United Farm Workers union, Dolores Huerta, is often left out of the conversation.

Dolores Huerta was born on April 10, 1930 in Dawson, New Mexico. She later moved to…


Added by Arleen E Lopez on March 15, 2013 at 1:30pm — No Comments

SXSW -- Diversity

South by Southwest is one of the busiest times of the year for Austin, Texas; it's also one of the most exciting. 

I'm a big music fan, so while South By causes tons of transportation headaches, and crowds are unavoidable, it also brings a ton of diverse musicians to the city. Austin is already a very diverse city, with people from all over the world visiting it or attending the University of Texas. SXSW brings innovators, businesspeople, and fans from all over the world to…


Added by Arleen E Lopez on March 13, 2013 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Adjusting to Change & Learning About Myself in College

I remember deciding I wanted to leave El Paso for college when I was in 7th grade. I would write on a girls only forum board on my free time, where girls would post pictures of their hometowns and vacations. Many lived in big cities, or traveled to them. I remember seeing a picture of Big Ben in London and thinking that it was where I wanted to be at some point. 

In the fall of 2009 I arrived at UT Austin, ready to start my freshman year of college. I remember hearing about culture…


Added by Arleen E Lopez on March 4, 2013 at 10:25am — No Comments

Affirmative Action

The Supreme Court case of Fisher v. Texas has been widely discussed (though admittedly, not as much as I'd like) here at The University of Texas at Austin. It was an especially hot topic last semester when the case had its first argument heard by the Supreme Court in October. 

Abigail Fisher, a white student who was not in the top 10% of her graduating high school class, filed suit against the University…


Added by Arleen E Lopez on February 20, 2013 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Idle No More

      Many of us Latinitas have indigenous blood in us. Curious to know more about my ancestry, I asked my abuelita about our cultural origins. She told me that my great grandfather was a huichol, part of a Native American ethnic group (known in Spanish as huicholes), living in the Mexican states of Nayarit, Jalisco, Zacatecas, y Durango. My abuelita believed my great grandfather was from the Durango region.

      Native American groups have a long and arduous history of fighting hard…


Added by Arleen E Lopez on February 15, 2013 at 9:30am — No Comments

The "I'm not like the other girls" problem

Surely we’ve all said it or felt it before: "I'm not like other girls."

This is sometimes a reaction after a boy says something like, “Girls are crazy and emotional,” or when any generalization about femininity is made.

Lately I've seen girls on Facebook proudly proclaiming that they "are not like other girls." Some mean that they don't dress like other girls, or like the typical "girly" things. Others claim to be different because, unlike other girls, they aren't…


Added by Arleen E Lopez on February 13, 2013 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

Owning your Spanish

Being bilingual can be tricky sometimes. As Latinas, we either speak with an accent in Spanish, or with an accent in English. Sometimes it can feel as though we don't do either very well. Some of us are assumed to be bilingual when we're not, and vice versa. Gloria Anzaldua, a Chicana/o Studies activist, scholar, writer, and queer theorist wrote an amazing essay about this issue. A link to it can be found …


Added by Arleen E Lopez on February 6, 2013 at 10:16am — 1 Comment


Hey Latinitas! I'm happy to be one of your new editorial interns for the spring semester. My name is Arleen, and I'm a senior English major with a minor in communications at UT Austin. I am originally from El Paso. I will be graduating this May, and hopefully enter the publishing world, or teach English abroad. A few facts about me:

  • I love listening to music. I love all kinds of music, except country and most rap. But I am open to music suggestions at all times.
  • I also…

Added by Arleen E Lopez on February 4, 2013 at 9:30am — 1 Comment




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