How Hollywood Created the ‘Spicy’ Latina Stereotype – And Why It’s Harmful

You know the stereotypical “spicy Latina.” Like Sofía Vergara’s character on Modern Family, she’s loud, passionate – and an example of how damaging stereotypes can be.

But do you know how this stereotype came to be? It’s a classic story of racism, colonization, and government intervention. Cristen Conger of Stuff Your Mom Never Told You has all the info, and some of it might surprise you.

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Cristen Conger joined up with HowStuffWorks.com and Discovery Communications in 2009 as a staff writer. That same year, identifying a need for more intelligent digital media by and for women, she co-created Stuff Mom Never Told You and has since honed her expertise in women, gender and sex. Cristen also contributes to Huffington Post Women, and her writing has additionally appeared on Jezebel, Bitch, MSNBC and ABC News. Follow her on Twitter @CristenConger.