Week #5 Overview of Media Stereotypes

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“One of the traits Hollywood ascribed to Mexicans was a quick temper, and films of this era almost always  allowed for a display of irrational Latino temperature. The concept was soon incorporated into female roles, and by the mid-1930s and early 1940s Hollywood had recruited a number of sensuous, tempestuous leading ladies for the purpose.” (Wilson, C, Gutierrez, F., Chao, L., 2013, P.74)

#stereotypes #Latinas #latintemper #misrepresentation #rodriguez

It’s amazing how the concept of a hot tempered, sexy Latina women started in the late 1930s early 1940s, but yet that stereotype still exists today. This picture of Sofia Vergara works for the quote because although she is not Mexican, as the quote says, she’s still a Latina playing this stereotypical role in today’s society. You’d think that by now the media would start to change the way they portray all sorts of races, but at times they still stick to the same old outdated stereotypes. Yes there may actually be hot tempered Latinas out there, but that doesn’t mean every Latina is.There are many actresses like Sofia Vergara and Salma Hayek, who are always approached with these stereotypical roles of what a Latina women should be.

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One thought on “Week #5 Overview of Media Stereotypes

  1. Thank you for pointing out that Sofia is not Mexican. So many people assume that every Latina is Mexican, just as many people assume that all Asians are Chinese. Aside from being portrayed as hot tempered, they also become over-sexualized in the media as well. #Saucedo

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