Woman Crush(ing the Patriarchy) Wednesday: Prisca D. M. Rodriguez

Woman Crush(ing the Patriarchy) Wednesday: Prisca D. M. Rodriguez

This week’s #WCW is Nicaraguan chonga Prisca Dorcas Mojica Rodriguez. If her name’s unfamiliar to you, get ready to meet your new favorite rebelde.

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The 29-year-old Florida Latina created Latina Rebels, a source she says is for “las curiosaslas suciaslas inteligenteslas cholas y las chongas,” in 2013. And it’s pretty much an intersectional, complicated, hood Latina feminista’s dream come true.

Here's how Prisca is crushing the patriarchy through her chonga feminism: 

What is chonga feminism?

I’ve always been a feminist, believing that women deserve respect, the right to have ownership over our bodies and decisions, and that we should seek to fight for our autonomy no matter who it makes uncomfortable, but I didn’t know the word until I went to graduate school. I quickly identified with feminism, but it didn’t take me long to realize how white it all was. Once, for instance, a former professor said to me, "if you want to be taken seriously, do not wear make up." That’s when contextual feminism became real to me. I didn’t want that; that wasn’t me.

My feminism is a chonga feminism that has a high emphasis on aesthetics. 

This identity comes from a South Florida context for young Latina immigrants who aesthetically attempt to maneuver class, race and gender with our clothes, makeup and comportment. So when white feminism was trying to "protect" me from any possibility of sexualization, it also attempted to strip me of my very real context that valued those things. Being a chonga means I do not have to apologize for owning my feminism. It means saying "f*ck you" to anyone who dares to tell me what my feminism has to be.

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