"Spicy" Latinas


Stereotypes about Latinas' bodies and behaviors abound, and perhaps none are more pop culturally persistent than that of the "spicy" Latina. Cristen and Caroline, trace the history behind this on-screen trope that's endured from Carmen Miranda to Sofia Vergara.

Episode sources:

"5 Spicy Latina Stereotypes & Why They Need to Stop" by Raquel Reichard. Feminspire. July 19, 2013. http://feminspire.com/5-spicy-latina-stereotypes-why-they-need-to-stop/

"Brownface in Film and TV." Brownface. http://brown-face.com/brownface-film-TV.htm

"Confessions of an Oversexualized Latina" by Maddie Rojas Lynch. Isis Magazine. Oct. 07, 2013. http://www.isis-mag.com/feminism-for-posts/confessions-of-an-oversexualized-latina

"'Devious Maids' TV Show: Will Eva Longoria's Lifetime Program Perpetuate Latina Stereotypes?" by Vanessa Verduga. Mic. May 17, 2013. http://mic.com/articles/42601/devious-maids-tv-show-will-eva-longoria-s-lifetime-program-perpetuate-latina-stereotypes

"Do the Emmy Awards Only Reward Latina Stereotypes?" by Lee Hernandez. Latina. July 14, 2011. http://www.latina.com/entertainment/tv/do-emmy-awards-only-reward-latina-stereotypes

"I'm Not Your Spicy Latina" by Shantyana C. Lledin. The Feminist Wire. April 28, 2012. http://thefeministwire.com/2012/04/im-not-your-spicy-latina/

"Latina Legacies: Identity, Biography, and Community" by Vicki L. Ruiz and Virginia Sanchez Korrol. Oxford University Press. 2005. http://books.google.com/books?id=zOgjkrm5ykYC&printsec=frontcover#v=onepage&q&f=false

"Latino Images in Film: Stereotypes, Subversion and Resistance" by Charles Ramirez Berg. University of Texas Press. 2009. http://books.google.com/books?id=kVjy71MgLMAC&printsec=frontcover#v=onepage&q&f=false

"Silent Images of Latinos in Early Hollywood" by Jimmy Franco Sr. Latino Point of View. Jan. 10, 2011. http://www.latinopov.com/blog/?p=746

"Sexist Depictions of Latinas Aren't Just a Hollywood Thing" by Daisy Hernandez. NPR. Aug. 28, 2014. http://www.npr.org/blogs/codeswitch/2014/08/28/344019529/sexist-depictions-of-latinas-arent-just-a-hollywood-thing

"Sexy Latina" by Adriana Villavicencio. Being Latino. Nov. 12, 2012. http://www.beinglatino.us/uncategorized/sexy-latina/

"Sofia Vergara Was Treated Like a Human Statue at the Emmys" by Patti Greco. Cosmopolitan. Aug. 25, 2014. http://www.cosmopolitan.com/entertainment/tv/news/a30451/sofia-vergara-human-statue

"Spicy Latina." TV Tropes. http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/SpicyLatina

"Stop the sexy Latina stereotype" by Esther J. Cepeda. NBC Latino. Aug. 08, 2012. http://nbclatino.com/2012/08/08/opinion-stop-the-sexy-latina-stereotype/

"Study: Latina Women Most Likely to Be Naked on Screen" by Inkoo Kang. Women and Hollywood. Aug. 06, 2014. http://blogs.indiewire.com/womenandhollywood/study-latina-women-most-likely-to-be-naked-on-screen-20140806

"Why Aren't We Talking About the Curvy Latina Stereotype?" by Raquel Reichard. Everyday Feminism. June 28, 2013. http://everydayfeminism.com/2013/06/curvy-latina-stereotype/

Academic insights:

"Brain, Brow, and Booty: Latina Iconicity in U.S. Popular Culture" by Isabel Molina Guzman and Anghard N. Valdivia. The Communication Review. 2004. http://www.uky.edu/~addesa01/documents/BrainBrowandBooty.pdf

"Framing Latinas: Hispanic women through the lenses of Spanish-language and English-language news media" by Teresa Correa. Journalism. 2010. https://www.academia.edu/185453/Framing_Latinas_Hispanic_women_through_the_lenses_of_Spanish-language_and_English-language_news_media

"Three faces of Eva: Perpetuation of the hot-Latina stereotype in Desperate Housewives" by Debra Merskin. The Howard Journal of Communication. 2007. https://www.academia.edu/1927797/Three_faces_of_Eva_Perpetuation_of_the_hot-Latina_stereotype_in_Desperate_Housewives

Topics in this Podcast: Film, television, stereotypes, racism, women of color