How to Ask Someone About Their Ethnicity Without Being an Asshole

If you haven't been able to surmise from my little avatar photo off to the side and my non-WASP name (although, sometimes I like to prance about in Victorian lace numbers and call myself Marjorie Altringham), I am Not a White Person. This means I am a walking version of this fun little game called "What Kind of Not… » 7/20/13 5:00pm 7/20/13 5:00pm

Disney's First Latina Princess Isn't Actually Latina

So, Disney's first maybe Latina princess is, in fact, not. She's not Hispanic, either. Well, she might be from a Spanish-speaking country, but even that is not known for sure. Enchancia, the fictional country from which her mother hails, is loosely based on Spain, and therefore she's sort-of half-Spanish but who can… » 10/23/12 10:40am 10/23/12 10:40am

When Your Booty Makes You "Ethnic"

She knew by looking at me that I couldn't possibly be American, a Dominican-American woman said last night. Wasn't the first time: "You're not a twig—you're voluptuous like us," a Salvadorean-Ecuadorean girl crowed. Then there're the Kardashian sisters. » 6/04/10 2:00pm 6/04/10 2:00pm