We’ve Come a Long Way, Chica. Or Have We?

It was fellow seventh grader Ana Chavez who first decreed to me: “Only putas go on the pill.” A few years later, as a sexually active teenager, I was still haunted by Ana’s proclamation, which echoed the sentiments of my neighborhood and family. While I feared becoming embarazada (pregnant)–a seemingly common rite of passage for […]

Hollywood Health Care Came With a High Price

It was standard procedure to “go with the flow” and perhaps chuckle at such “jokes.” Any opposition deemed one too sensitive, not a team player. Soon enough, my stomach started to hurt. My lower back ached. I woke up with nausea and dread knowing I would have to spend my days and nights feigning acceptance in such an environment.