by Jill Christianae Rendon
Though each woman is unique, at one point or another, one falls into some sort of a stereotype. The women in the short stories read are typical either of young girls, teenagers, career women, city girls, nurturing mothers or wives, etc.
Julia Salas is the liberated woman who does not live according to people’s standards. She says what she thinks without sugarcoating, rather with utter honesty, a touch of practicality, expressed in humor, sweet feminine shyness and demure. She is so unlike Esperanza who is the educated type and the woman on pedestal, the type who looks at people and situations according to a specific belief. When perhaps urged to express some negative opinion, her speech would be coated with euphemism, articulated with grace and elegance. Carmen, on the other hand is the typical sister, concerned of the goings on in family members’ lives, the conformist who believes in things like the standard marrying age.
Each character mentioned is rather different from the other, but thousands of other women are just in the same boat as them. No woman is ever alone.