The Stereotypes Of Latinas

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Our social interaction is determined by the way we interpret others and the way we are interpreted by them. It is just natural that we usually take an ethnocentric stance and consider that what we do, what we eat, the way we dress, what we believe in, and in general, anything we do; is the ‘best’ way to do things. Stereotypical models are established every day and we learn them since we are born. Being dressed in blue or pink, getting a bow tied to a single hair, sometimes with Velcro tape; just for everyone to see that the newborn is a girl; are examples of roles given by gender –a socially assigned and constructed attribute (Coates, 2015). The media are constantly accused of framing individuals in stereotypes, and clear examples can…show more content…
The analysis will cover language and dialect uses, physical appearance, and roles. Although brief, this paper intends to present a thorough discussion of how these stereotypes determine the way television oversimplifies Latinas due to gender and ethnicity, many times under the argument of aspirational likeability (MacInnis & Park, 2015; Hung, 2014). Understanding the way Latinas are stereotyped, not just in the United States, but everywhere, helps understand how the whole Latino community –just as any other dominated community- has evolved as one that faces the challenge of staying true to their history and evolution at the same time they struggle to integrate in a world that does not necessarily wants to take them…show more content…
Or so it is believed. Television helps to represent and construct the social imaginary, the symbols and icons that perpetuate values, but also stereotypes (LaCalle, 2016). Society has evolved and the roles men and women play are different now, women have access to the workplace and to education, opportunities to live on their own, and the like, have changed the paradigm of what a woman is and should be. These changes have been portrayed in television, clearly exemplified in the way the family model had been reshaped in the last 30 years; from having nuclear families with a father, a mother, and their children to presenting families of varied compositions: mono-parental, same-sex parents, adoptive families, and the like.
In general, the representation of family in American television takes any of these two paths: Either fiction families are presented as a reflection of real families or television models of families are used to maintain traditional values (LaCalle & Gómez, 2016). These positions are both bound to conflict. The first one might be too lax and open and therefore, not accepted by mainstream viewers; the second might be too restrictive and denied the evolution of society and its
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