Thursday, November 5, 2009
Dear TONTO: You know why the ladies laugh at you? Because you don’t know the difference between a beaner and a gabacho. Shit, even Lou Dobbs knows the difference, and he’s about as sharp as the edge of a tortilla.I’ve recently been told that I am scary – not once but multiple times by different gabachos. I’ve never considered myself intimidating but have found that I need to be very confident in what I say in order to just get people to listen to what I have to say. I recently received a doctorate in molecular biology, and was the only Mexican in the program. To date I’m number two to come into the program in the past six years. Anyway, I was a little unsure of myself and always looking for approval from my thesis committee. When I stopped seeking their approval and started to challenge them on everything they said, I started earning their respect. Now when I interact with others in my work place, I’m confident and exacting in my questioning, but somehow this has translated into people being intimidated. --El Einstein
Dear Wab: I’m not sure que piensas lo que your problem is. You’re not alleging discrimination but rather that you think you intimidate others. What’s the problem with that? Yes, you’re as rare in your field as the truth on Lou Dobbs Tonight, but get over that: you made it. Camina proud. Take the nervousness of colleagues as proof of your chingón-ness, and leave the whining to Dobbs.