WASP is a class distinction I have made up for the creative nonfiction, The WASP and El Curandero, whereby W.A.S.P. equals White Anglo Saxon Protestant, equals those McAllen women-including Hispanics-(WASPS) who 1) have Sunday brunch at the Country Club after church; 2) buy their clothes at Sylvia’s; 3) wear elegant manners to the Museum’s galas; 4) are in the Junior League; 5) have children attending St. John’s Episcopal Day School; and 6) drive white suburbans.
That’s just my perspective. In my particular case, you can include blonde hair and blue eyes-at least my hair was blonde in the years 2000-2002, the time frame of the novel. I want you to notice my WASP is designated in the novel by small case caps, which arguably summarizes the demographics of my WASP: female/wealthy/and has arrived at the top of what the anthropologist, Durkheim, calls social organization (aka top rung of the ladder).