Sexist Story Of 'How To Date A White Girl, Whitegirl, Or Halfie'

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The so-called "sexist story" of “How to Date a Browngirl, Blackgirl, Whitegirl, or Halfie” is much more than a "tongue-in-cheek how-to for poor Latino guys trying to score with maximum efficiency," as David Stanton has suggested (29) (debunk). This story is about a kid where circumstances both in the Dominican Republic and in the United States have conditioned him to reject his blackness in order to survive in these two highly racialized societies. (Debunked) Yunior 's awareness of his blackness is significant because it represents a challenge to Caribbean discourses on race and ethnicity- debunk (109) and “by reducing the girls to racial categories, the story mirrors the process through which the Dominican community has been racialized and rendered invisible in the United States.”- debunk Keenly aware of class, racial, and ethnic differences, Yunior reduces every situation into some…show more content…
Ironically, no matter how hard Yunior tries to conceal the class differences that can jeopardize his chances for romance, the fact remains that his apartment at the Terrace is in itself a signifier of his family 's underprivileged position. Racial, ethnic, and class differences between tbe narrator and bis dates are magnifred by his obsession to conquer or "score" with each girl. With this purpose in mind, Yunior goes to great lengths to try to manipulate different aspects of his identity and his surroundings. In conclusion, "How to Date" is a story that examines the intersection of ethnicity, race, class, and gender in the context ofthe Dominican-American urban experience. Yunior 's obssession with masking and unmasking— with emphasizing or undermining certain aspects of his identity—illustrates that Dominicanness is being redefined as a result of migration. “If she’s a whitegirl you know you’ll at least get a hand job.”

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