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10 Stereotypes of Latinas According to Media
Being Latina means that we are constantly being subjected to certain stereotypes, and in many instances we have the media to blame. Sure there are more beautiful Latinas like Sofia Vergara, Zoe Saldana, America Ferrera, Jennifer Lopez, Penelope Cruz and Shakira dominating the music scene as well as the big screen but what about the rest of us? We don't all fit nicely into categories or are figments of some people's sexy dream, not to mention that we aren't all out to seduce the masses. Here are 10 stereotypes that people need to understand are just that, stereotypes.
1. We all have incredible bodies that we love to show off, anytime and anywhere.
Every Latina staring in television, movies, and ads has a body to die for. Extreme cleavage, curves, and not to mention a booty that puts other women to shame. Unfortunately, I'm perfect proof that this isn't true. That reminds me, I should probably go back to the gym.
2. We are always insanely loud, extremely obnoxious and have fiery tempers.
Ok, this is just wrong. Sure, I'm loud when I'm excited or angry but then again who isn't? It's possible to be a quiet Latina with a well modulated voice, even when we're upset.
3. Our grandmas are all sassy, sexy or extremely religious, and they don't play!
My grandma may go to church every Sunday, cook like a master chef, and put me in my place from time to time but she isn't half as dramatic as the grandmas on soap operas. Ok, maybe just a little. Don't tell her I said that, please.
4. We all know how to dance and love it!
I've met a bunch of Latinas who are at a loss on the dance floor, not to mention when it comes to Spanish music. Bachata, Salsa, Merengue and Cumbia doesn't come naturally to all of us so don't expect free dance lessons!
5. We are all raised to have huge families.
I can't count the number of times someone has been surprised by fact that I'm a college graduate, not married and don't have any children. Not only is it extremely degrading to expect nothing but babies from us, it's a little annoying to have to constantly defend our race. Stop it! Also as a side note, I only have one brother.
6. We must be from another country and working on our citizenship.
I was born and raised in New York and my parents are here, legally! As a matter of fact, my entire family has papers. No, they don't want to wash your dishes or clean your house and they are all mostly terrible at keeping plants alive.
7. Hispanic men are terrible boyfriends, husbands and fathers.
My dad is the best and my boyfriend is a great guy. That is all.
8. We love parties and attention.
Not all Latinas love to dance, drink and flirt. Some of us are very shy and love to stay at home, watch movies or enjoy the company of a few friends. It's not always a party and we don't always wear heels. That would be ridiculous...and uncomfortable.
9. We are all sex-crazed.
Are we always looking for a man to spend some time with? Are we always out for crazy one-night stands? Are we overly sexually active? No, just no.
10. We have perfect tan skin and voluminous hair.
The beauty of Latinas, or women in general, is that we come in all colors and our features compliment that. Whether we have straight, curly or wavy hair, we will sashay our way into your hearts no matter what.
Sorry ladies and gentlemen, but we aren't all wise cracking, big mouthed, finger waving, man handling, busty Latinas. We put one earring on at a time like every other woman. We can be strong, independent, educated, sweet and yes, extremely sexy too. Let's hear it for Latinas everywhere and try to get the facts straight, ok?
What are some stereotypes you've heard about Latinas or any other race? Are you offended or do you find them funny? Leave a comment! Let's talk about it!