With her arms bent and pulled up against her sides as if to strike, she is truly an imposing sight.
This is a powerful line for me because it acknowledges the dangerous, yet oftentimes unknowing, effects of patriarchy, racism, classism, heterosexism and every other ism you can think of that structures human society.
People are unaware that the voice inside of them, their consciousness that makes decisions and rejects ideas, are oftentimes voices that have resulted from environmental influences rather than a true examination of the self.
That inner voice will either say: You are worthy or You are inferior. The inside voice is you — your conscious, subconscious, and unconscious.
Your personality, soul, your essence, whatever the hell you want to call it to make it fit your beliefs. The point is that we must acknowledge how much of you is really you. Are my feelings towards some white people truly my own?
Are my feelings about straight and gay people the way they are based on my sexual orientation and how I was raised and how society portrays both groups? I could go on and on but I think the poem focuses mainly on female sexual identity and the self, which is the main point here.
When you stop and listen to yourself, meditate, look deep inside and ask, What do I really want?De León, A.
"Coatlicue or how to write the dismembered body" MLN (): Mora, Pat. "Coatlicue's Rules; Advice from an Aztec Goddess" Prairie Schooner 68 (): Petersen, Amanda L. "The Ruinous Maternal Body Par Excellence: Coatlicue in the Mexican Imaginary (from the Monolith to Elena Poniatowska)." Letras Femeninas (): Mora, Pat.
In the dramatic monologue “Coatlicue’s Rules: Advice from an Aztec Goddess,” Coatlicue offers rules such as “Beware of offers to make you famous” and “Protect your uterus” to women. Goddess of the Americas = La diosa de las Américas: writings on the Virgin of Guadalupe The Battle of the Virgins / Rosario Ferre -- Coatlicue's Rules: Advice from an Aztec Goddess / Pat Mora -- Virgencita, Give Us a Chance / Liliana Valenzuela -- The Undocumented Virgin / Ruben Martinez Internet Archive torosgazete.com: Coatlicue: Coatlicue, (Nahuatl: “Serpent Skirt”) Aztec earth goddess, symbol of the earth as both creator and destroyer, mother of the gods and mortals.
The dualism that she embodies is powerfully concretized in her image: her face is of two fanged serpents and her skirt is of interwoven snakes (snakes. Goddess of the Americas = La diosa de las Américas: writings on the Virgin of Guadalupe The Battle of the Virgins / Rosario Ferre -- Coatlicue's Rules: Advice from an Aztec Goddess / Pat Mora -- Virgencita, Give Us a Chance / Liliana Valenzuela -- The Undocumented Virgin / Ruben Martinez Internet Archive torosgazete.com: Coatlicue S Rules Advice From An Aztec Goddess stark and horrible reality of a butchered, battered, or burned human being slain in some grisly, weird ceremony for some equally weird gargoyle-like idol nearly caused me to choose another subject.