Tell me about yourself.
I’m 23 years old, from Buenos Aires Argentina. I study psychology and work in the afternoon and evening. I’m a traveler, I love animals, I’m interested in people. For my family, I moved out right after high school. It forced me to have the tools to face life. I have strong opinions and I can’t look away when something bothers me. It can be really difficult to move out.
Tell me about your country.
It’s a mess. Nothing ever works, but we’re very happy. We’re so used to things not working, so we don’t stress about it. Things never work out but you’ll find your way. There are so many complaints – there’s a lot of corruption, but nobody can say bad things. It’s nice to not stress, but that’s also the reason for no progress. We don’t worry about it. It’s the difference between us and Germany. There, they work hard to fix their problems. But for Argentinians, we love our country. When traveling, if we find another person from Argentina in the world, it’s an instant bond. We are very passionate about everything – everything is life or death, love or hate.
What are some stereotypes people in your country have of the USA?
So big! Stereotypes – the fat guy or redneck with a gun, haha. I think the USA is very progressive with rights, like human rights, gay rights, etc. I think it’s one of the best countries for women. We also have the stereotype of Americans as workaholics. But we love the USA, and consider Miami is the capital of Latin America. We hate that you call yourself “Americans.” We are Americans too!! America is a continent, not just your country. Another stereotype – you think you’re the center of everything. I think it must be strange to be so exposed. Like all the world knows everything that happens in your country and everyone has an opinion. Isn’t that a strange feeling? For us, not many people care, and that’s okay.
Also – your drinking age! What is with that? So stupid.
What is it like to be a woman here?
It’s a fighting moment!! It’s really not good, but getting better, I think.
All the women I know are constantly afraid of human trafficking. It is so real and it is every single day. It’s not normal for it to be so common. Many people I know, including myself, have survived kidnapping attempts. Everyone knows someone who has gone through that. My friends and I all track each other using “Find my Friends” app. We always call each other when we get home and take this very seriously.
There’s a silence culture around violence against women. Lots of victim blaming. But now there’s a new movement called “Ni una menos” which means “not one woman less.” It was started in Argentina but is now in many countries. For every death of a woman, we march. We fight the silence culture and give women and victims a voice. There’s a new feeling of sisterhood.
What is something a mother/aunt/grandmother figure taught you?
No . . . I made myself. I have the fighting spirit that makes me want to work for injustice. I want to work for people without a voice. I cannot stand it.
I have women I admire, but not in my family. But women fighters inspire me. They can fight to do what they want. I admire a lot of teachers. I have had teachers who really helped me in the past, they gave me a strong model.