Latin Women Streoytypes

A quick google search of “latin women streoytypes” brings up images of poorly- clad avocado colored, crow haired, crimson- lipped, curvy women. This fetishization of Latinas in the media is n’t only embarrassing, but it also has serious consequences. It exacerbates bias and can lead to prejudice. It can even encourage dating violence and improve physical abuse of younger people.

The otherness and fetishizing of latina bodies turns them into mere materials to become won and showcased. This is not to say that there are n’t some positive stereotypes of latina women, but the majority of portrayals in our mediascape leave out a whole community. This typecasting of latinas can limit their potential by internalizing the image that culture puts forth of them.

Also, these stereotypes can be hazardous to immigrant communities because they can gas anti- american sentiments and reinforce the idea that Latinas do n’t belong in the workplace or contribute to the economy. It’s important to write Latina heroes who are smart, driven, and productive. But it’s just as important to write them date spanish girls with defects, too.

Using a social determinants of health model, this exploration explores relatives organizing perspectives and experiences among 16 Latinas recruited from two federally qualified healthcare centers in Baltimore City, Maryland. Focus groups and semi- structured interviews were conducted November 2014 through June 2015. Three central themes emerged:

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