March 18, 2016
By Nosheen Hotaki
Language. It is language through which we can articulate our love, convey our gratitude, voice our anger, and exchange ideas. Language in its most unique form is the virtue that has made homosapiens suitable for survival. Yet, language has the power to hurt us more than any form of physical violence.
I came to the United States in the fall of 2012 to attend a prestigious boarding school in New England. For the past four years, I have been referred to as “exotic,” time and time again. I have been stopped on the street on my way to work, having people inquire my ethnicity, saying that, “there is no way you are American,” because “ you are too exotic.” My friends’ parents have referred to me as “the exotic middle-eastern princess.” In an attempt to adulate me, men have previously said, “You are not the blonde and normal beautiful. You are the exotic beautiful that makes me drool.”
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