This is a hot topic with my Latina girlfriends, they have been talking about this for some time now. It always starts out with “have you seen what these hoochie’s are wearing to the club or on the street”! According to the urban dictionary a “couchie” is adapted from the french word “coucher” for “to go to bed,” (like our word for “couch,” which you can lie down on). Around the turn of the century in gritty clubs and circuses and for many years after that, women who danced suggestively, rolling their hips were called, “hootchie coutchie” dancers. These women were not morally accepted in the general public. To quote another definition, “the ghetto version of a gold digger.”
Those of us Latina’s that are hardworking and many educated feel that these girls or women give us good girls a bad name and reputation. To other races or nationalities we have been known to be “hot”, “caliente”, “fiery tempered”,etc.. We don’t need to have those from other races or nationalities thinking that we Latina’s are all hoochie mami’s cause obviously we are not. As Latinas we are known as some of the most beautiful women in the world and for being strong and will have our man’s back anytime. We are fierce protectors of our families as well. Unfortunately, many of these young girls feel this need to show practically everything they have and behave in a way that is embarrassing to the rest of us Latinas. I believe that they watch too many of the music videos that depict women as objects and therefore they think that this is what a girl has to do to get a guy. I understand that many come from ghetto neighborhoods where
many of their peers are dressing and behaving the same way. These young women need some guidance from a older Latina who can let them know that they make themselves look cheap. So what kind of man can they attract except for some guy looking for a good time and nothing else.
Many years ago as women we were treated like second class citizens. Back in the old times Latin women were in many cases treated like slaves by their husbands, as have women from other races. We have made great progress in changing some of those old ways of thinking, we are now top executives in major corporations, owners of businesses and even have top positions in government. We don’t need ignorant young Latina girls behaving and acting like whores and being baby mama’s. This just sets us back and has those that are racist to begin with thinking that all Latin females are this way. I think it’s time to somehow teach these girls or mentor them so that they understand this behavior is not conducive to living a good and happy life and I’m sure they don’t feel worthy or have self-esteem. No woman or girl wants to be treated like something less than. Don’t know how but we can somehow educate them to a better way but I have faith that somehow, someway this will in time change.
by Rosie G.