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#TakeBackLatina Aims to Take Back The Narrative of Being Latina

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#TakeBackLatina Aims to Take Back The Narrative of Being Latina

Be the Latina you want to be, post a photo on Instagram in all your Latinx glory.

“I want a little girl. I envision us in our living room, our hips swinging as a a merengue ripao blasts through stereo speakers. The beat changes to a familiar salsa — “Hasta Que Te Conosi” by Marc Anthony — and we sing loudly, as if we are the ones on stage at Madison Square Garden. I look at her caramel skin, curly hair, and wide eyes as she twirls and laughs happily. I am bursting with pride and joy. I wish for her what I wished for myself as a young Latina — that she loves herself deeply, accepts herself and her quirks, and realizes she is worthy of greatness. I snap out of my reverie, spin her quickly as the rhythm of the congas speed up, and say, ‘Mamita, you are a strong, beautiful and smart Latina. Don’t let anyone put you inside of a box. You, amor, are meant to be free.'”

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This is the beginning of my story for Hip Latina on why I decided to change the narrative of being Latina with the #TakeBackLatina campaign. I have a son, but I am a proud mujer that lives for collaborating with women and elevating our voices. I believe in sharing authentic Latinx experiences. It is up to me  — us  — to free ourselves from the mental prison and conditions that convince us to be a certain kind of Latina. I don’t want to live by anyone else’s rules or in anyone else’s image. I say “fuck you” to constant images and messages of sex that appear when searching #Latina on Instagram. I say “there’s more to being Latina” when Googling “Latina”and my search turns up articles of “how to date a Latina.” 

“For years, I’ve struggled with what it means to be a mujer Latina in love and life. I’ve fought within myself about myself and my behavior, and questioned where it all stems from. My childhood. My upbringing. Mami.” It’s a story that many Latinx share: Mami was submissive in her relationship and, inadvertently, taught me to be the same in my relationship. She muted her voice, crying rather than communicating, and I began expressing myself in the same manner with Boo. “She was taught by her mother (and her mother by her mama) to be the very mujer that I became.”

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It’s not just our ancestors that hone Latinas into becoming una ama de casa that cater to the men in their lives. “The media is also to blame; they portray Latinas as submissive and catering and fiery sexpots that explode in an instant.” I don’t want that pressure. I don’t want any Latinx to feel that they have to fit into a mold created by others. And I don’t want that for your daughter or my future daughter.

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This is why I decided to #TakeBackLatina. In order to encourage and uplift a generation Latinx and leave a legacy, I knew I had to start by changing my narrative. This is why I continue to share my story. It starts with me, with you. And I don’t want to be anyone but myself.  I – you- deserve to live my life they way I see fit.

So join me as I continue to #TakeBackLatina. Post a photo on Instagram in all your Latinx glory. Be the Latina you are and say fuck it to everything and everyone else. 

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Sujeiry is a natural storyteller, dynamic radio show host and the proud CEO of LoveSujeiry.com. She's been at this digital media and content creation game for 15 plus years and pours her heart and soul onto LoveSujeiry.com - the only site for Latinas on all things love. After realizing there was a void in the love/relationship Latina media market, she took matters into her own hands and became the go-to sex and relationship expert on Latinx platforms. The former sex and relationship expert on Latina.com works diligently and passionately to encourage women of color to be their authentic selves as they navigate all things love.

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