Raquel Reichard

Being Muslim Latina Easter
What It's Like To Be a Muslim Latina on Easter

Easter weekend is approaching. For most Latinos, that means getting together with friends and family, making bunny masks and decorating eggs with the little ones, participating in community egg hunts and, most importantly, sitting down for a traditional meal that starts with a prayer to Jesucristo — after all, those new pastel outfits and delicious bunny-shaped chocolates are all in celebration of the resurrection of the big JC.

But what happens when this fun and memorable time with your family begins conflicting with your new beliefs?


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The Horrifying Harassment Latinas Face Online
The Horrifying Harassment Latinas Face Online

Each time Kat Lazo publishes a new video on her YouTube channel, she anticipates a barrage of disparaging and threatening comments. Some users slut-shame or body-shame her, while others resort to racial slurs. Many, however, use a combination of racism and sexism when threatening her with rape.


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7 Words Used Against Latinas, Reexamined
7 Words Used Against Latinas, Reexamined

Puta. Have you ever considered why you were called that dirty four-letter word, and what that miserable person meant when they endowed you with the label?

Whether you’re la Virgen María reincarnated or a proud town marrana, you’ve likely been called una puta (or one of its many alternatives). But if the chastest girl can be called the same slur as the most licentious, does being a puta really have anything to do with what goes on between a woman’s legs?


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TK Things Latinas Should Know About Eating Disorders
10 Things Latinas Should Know About Eating Disorders

It’s National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, which means Twitter is deluged with more articles, videos and images about eating disorders than usual. Unchanged, however, is that much of the content shared neither centers on nor even includes the experience, perspective or struggle of Latinas. But guess what? Many Latinas are dealing with disordered eating, and it’s a problem that is increasing in our community.
Here are 10 facts all of us should know about eating disorders:


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Why Some Latinas are Reclaiming the Term ‘Chonga’
Why Some Latinas are Reclaiming the Term ‘Chonga’

Donning white eyeliner, big-hooped earrings and a red, white and blue beaded necklace with a pendant of a boy holding a Puerto Rican flag, 12-year-old Gisselle Bermudez walked through her Miami middle school feeling like she was the flyest thing around. That’s when another student, someone she didn’t even know, stopped her in the hallway and said, “you’re a chonga.” Gisselle paused, smiled and embraced what was hurled as a slur, walking away forcefully and unscathed in her Air Force 1s and Brazilian jeans.


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EXCLUSIVE: Meet Hip-Hop’s Next Big Thing Nitty Scott, MC
EXCLUSIVE: Meet Hip-Hop’s Next Big Thing Nitty Scott, MC

If you’re a hip-hop fan, you may already be familiar with the genre’s latest heavy hitter: Nitty Scott, MC.


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5 Absolutely Ridiculous State Abortion Laws, Explained
5 Absolutely Ridiculous State Abortion Laws, Explained

Forty-two years after Roe v. Wade legalized abortion in the US, people across the country hoping to terminate their pregnancies are finding this constitutional right harder and harder to obtain.That’s because lawmakers are constantly introducing new bills that both sneakily and creatively aim to restrict abortion access.


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10 Things You Never Knew About Pregnancy
10 Things You Never Knew About Pregnancy

Depending on the person you’re talking to, pregnancies are described in different—often very contradictory—ways. Some insist that there are no words that explain the joyous feeling, while others are sure “dreadful” and “nightmarish” suffice. It’s considered both a miracle and a mistake, somehow even a blessing and a sin. But regardless of your take on the matter, there’s one thing about gestation that we can all agree on: It’s actually really weird. Here are 10 strange pregnancy facts you won’t find people arguing over. 


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11 Things You Never Knew to Ask Your Gyno About Cervical Cancer
11 Things You Never Knew to Ask Your Gyno About Cervical Cancer

Do you know someone who has had breast cancer? Chances are you can name one -- or more -- friend, relative or co-worker without giving the question too much thought. However, if I were asking about cervical cancer instead, you might need a little more time to think, and even then you may find yourself unable to call anyone to mind. But just because this gynecologic cancer occurs less frequently doesn’t mean it’s less deadly.


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Va-Va-Bullshit: How Latina 'Sexy' Stereotypes Affect Asexual Latinas
Va-Va-Bullshit: How Latina 'Spicy & Sexy' Stereotypes Affect Asexual Latinas

It’s no surprise that in the U.S. landscape, Latinas are still seen as hot, hypersexual women with copious fertility and uncontrolled reproduction. But these sexuality and reproduction myths and stereotypes mixed with real cultural pressures to be a mother can be harmful to asexual Latinas — individuals who experience very little sexual attraction to others, sometimes none at all.


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