The photo displayed is of me playing dominoes with my father, brother, and grandfather. I remember being so happy in this photo because my family would never let me play with them. Dominoes is a man’s game.
Since I was a little girl, I’ve always been considered a “tom-boy.” I’ve never understood this term and how it was attaching me to a gender I didn’t identify with. I identify as a woman, but this doesn’t mean that I have to follow feminist ideals. Because of this, I’ve always tried to do anything that my dad and brothers did, while trying to maintain my identity. I am a woman but not the woman that men want me to be.
I felt like this related a lot to the story of Lola Rodriguez de Tio and the Puerto Rican Struggle for Freedom. In her own little way, she is fighting against the patriarchy. I am trying to do the same.
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