Does colorism affect your life? These statistics on privileges for light-skinned Latinxs in the US show how our culture really values whiteness – and that can really make a difference in our lives.
You can probably think of more than a few reasons why the image of the hot, hypersexual Latina is a tired stereotype. Here’s an alarming one: that stereotype forces asexual Latinas to battle dangerous racialized and sexist messages that say their bodies are not their own. Read on for this stunning perspective that gives us more reason to put this myth to rest.
The predominant message sent to young mothers and pregnant teens in the media, by politicians, and from teachers at schools is that they are promiscuous, tarnished goods who are bringing “problem children” into the world. But that simply isn’t true. Here are just a few of the lies we need to stop telling about teen pregnancy and young motherhood in the U.S.
If you were to accept everything you heard about Latinas, you might think they were scheming and hypersexual, yet socially conservative women whose “equal educational opportunities” and “competitive purchasing power” signify their “arrival.” In fact, the lives of U.S. Latinas are much more nuanced than pundits, marketers, and producers would like to convince you.
There’s no winning, because “no soy de aquí, ni soy de allá.” Luckily, I no longer feel like I have to prove my identity to anyone. Because being Latina is a multidimensional experience. I love my Puerto Rican roots, but I’m also not ashamed that I’ve acculturated into American society. And to my second- and third-generation Latinos, you shouldn’t be either. After all, you’re still Latino.
Latinas of all shapes, sizes, and ages suffer from disordered eating. Latinas are not immune from messages in the media telling us how to look. We may not be subjects in the mainstream body positivity conversation, but we’re certainly being told how we should look. And ignoring body image issues among Latinas forces us to think disordered eating is okay.