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Latina, Proud Feminist, Civil Engineer And Looks Good In A Hard Hat…Take That Boys

CREDIT: YANA PASKOVA / THE WASHINGTON POST

For Patricia Valoy, feminism comes naturally.

She’s a 29-year-old Dominican who worked hard for her Columbia University education and her career as a civil engineer. She was raised by her mother, Rayna, who left her abusive husband with her three daughters and found herself a job as a caretaker to make a living.

“She lived it,” Patricia said of her mother’s feminism. “She didn’t talk about it or wear a T-shirt.”

READ: Do You Consider Yourself a Latina Feminist?

And that’s exactly what Patricia is doing. She knows she’s in a male-dominated field and in order to prove herself, she works harder and makes herself be heard in a room full of men. That means, instead of eventually becoming a feminist activist, she’s going to stay in her field and beat the odds, unlike many women who leave mid-career.

And while she’s at it, she’s determined to make a change, starting by changing all the signs that read “Men Only,” “Men Working,” “Train Men” and “Crewmen Lockers.”  She explains: “They could all be unisex.”

Go get ‘em girl!

Read more about Patricia’s story and how her entire family is beating the odds from The Washington Post here.

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Some Guy is Trying to Make Money With Two Incredibly Sexist Books About Latinas

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Some Guy is Trying to Make Money With Two Incredibly Sexist Books About Latinas

Yes, there’s a guy out there trying to sell people two of the most sexist, offensive, and ridiculous books about Latinas you’ve ever seen. His name is Joe Bovino, an attorney who fancies himself an expert on women. Despite it being 2016, Bovino doesn’t realize he’s still living decades — we mean decades — in the past.

He’s the author of “Chicaspotting: A Field Guide to Latinas of the United States” and “Why Latinas Get The Guy” and yes, they are as horrible as they sound.

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Credit: Joe Bovino / Chicaspotting / Why Latinas Get the Guy

Here are 10 actual excerpts from his books. Points if you manage to not puke while reading them!

First, he identifies each “species” of Latinas:

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 Credit: Chicaspotting: A Field Guide to Latinas of the United States

Good to know all Latinas are their own “species,” which include fun things like “Bumbshell” and “Taco Belle.”

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Credit: chickspotting.com

How is this man a real person? Like, how?

Then, he breaks down each “species” by appearance:

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Credit: Chicaspotting: A Field Guide to Latinas of the United States

“Not to be confused with Taco Bell.”  This guy must be a real lady killer.

He also includes highly “scientific” charts and graphs:

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Credit: Chicaspotting: A Field Guide to Latinas of the United States

Seriously, what year does this guy come from? Is he actually using clip art in his book? 

And he LITERALLY breaks down a woman by her body parts:

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Credit: Joe Bovino / Why Latinas Get the Guy

And, of course, he has plenty of words to describe breasts and butts.

He generalizes a whole lot, too:

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Credit: Chicaspotting: A Field Guide to Latinas of the United States

Bet this guy’s abuela is real proud of him. Actually, bet his primas, hermanas and tías are just over the moon to be related to him!

Oh, and he uses super classy visual aids:

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Credit: Chicaspotting: A Field Guide to Latinas of the United States

This SO accurately depicts Brazilian women! Wow, it’s really crazy how smart and on point this guy is.

He pits Latinas against non-Latinas and it’s as disgusting as it sounds.

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Credit: Joe Bovino / Why Latinas Get The Guy

Ahhh, yes, the “cold manly way” that American women sleep around. Totally okay for men to sleep around, but ladies?! NO! You’re crazy if you want to have sex with more than one guy! “Men lose respect for women who sleep around or have sex too quickly, especially on the first date.” Gotta love this guy’s ability to be a jerk so many times in just a few paragraphs.

READ: These Mexican Women Found an Incredible Way to Fight Back Against Cat-Callers

He makes sure you know Latinas are just sitting around, waiting for a man:doesnt-feel

Credit: Joe Bovino / Why Latinas Get The Guy

“If he doesn’t feel like a man, he won’t act like one.” Right – and never forget, there’s a Latina just lurking around, waiting for her validation through a man! Joe Bovino just really gets it, yanno?

He really understands how women feel and what goes through their minds:

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Credit: Why Latinas Get The Guy

Yes, all Latinas can be lumped together into one category of women who only care about how we look because it makes us feel better about ourselves. Riiiiiight.

He’s also an expert on how Latinas have sex:

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Credit: Joe Bovino / Why Latinas Get The Guy

And he’s encouraging American women, in general, to have sex like Latinas! Bravo, Joe, you’re really a smart dude who totally “gets” women.

Overall, this guy is the worst. But it all make sense if you see his other books. Here’s one of ’em:

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Credit: The Joe Bovino Field Guide to Chicks of the United States

Forget the horrific books themselves – why didn’t anyone stop the cover of the books?! The only thing worse than the words inside are the heinous illustrations.

Have you encountered sexism as a Latina? mitú wants to know. Leave a comment below. 

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