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Dangerous Curves: Latina Bodies in the Media (Critical by Isabel Molina-Guzman

By Isabel Molina-Guzman

With photographs of Jennifer Lopez’s butt and the United States Ferrera’s smile saturating nationwide and worldwide tradition, Latina our bodies became an ubiquitous presence. risky Curves strains the visibility of the Latina physique within the media and pop culture via interpreting a extensive diversity of renowned media together with information, media gossip, videos, tv information, and on-line viewers discussions.Isabel Molina-Guzm?n maps the ways that the Latina physique is gendered, sexualized, and racialized in the usa media utilizing a chain of attention-grabbing case experiences. The booklet examines tabloid headlines approximately Jennifer Lopez’s indomitable sexuality, the contested authenticity of Salma Hayek’s portrayal of Frida Kahlo within the motion picture Frida, and the USA Ferrera’s universally attractive but racially sublimated grotesque Betty personality. risky Curves carves out a mediated terrain the place those racially ambiguous yet ethnically marked female our bodies promote every thing from high fashion to tabloids.Through a cautious exam of the cultural tensions embedded within the visibility of Latina our bodies in usa media tradition, Molina-Guzm?n paints a nuanced portrait of the media’s position in shaping public wisdom approximately Latina identification and Latinidad, and the methods political and social forces form media representations.

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Mainstream news discourses of Marisleysis constructed her in similar tones of gendered betrayal. Originally depicted as a strong and compelling spokeswoman, her physicality and emotional instability were eventually used to discipline the political excesses of Marisleysis and by association the Miami Cuban community. News audiences were first introduced to Marisleysis at the bedside of a convalescing Elián. In evening television news coverage of the drama, she was perpetually by Elián’s side as he left the hospital, navigated the throngs of cameras outside their Little Havana home, played in the yard, broke open a piñata, and opened hordes of birthday gifts.

He is Cuban,” she said. ”60 Ironically, the grandmothers’ account of Elisabet was recirculated and legitimized by usually hard-line anti-communist Republicans supportive of repatriating Elian. S. ” In the end, the grandmothers as news sources effectively used the Cuban birth of Elián and Elisabet as incontrovertible proof of the mother and child’s authentic identity and national allegiance to Cuba. 62 For the Cuban government and some Cubans, an authentically Cuban identity belongs only to those born and still living on the island.

S. S. Cuban exile privilege specifically. Columns, blogs, and letters to the editor in Miami’s leading newspaper revealed a backlash against forty years of Cuban/Latina/o immigration. S. immigration policy. S. racial formations. 13 Together, gendering and racialization, the process through which groups regardless of ethnic or national origin are assigned racial meaning, produce media discourses that symbolically colonize Latinas/os as marginalized and governable bodies. S. Cuban citizenship is central to making sense of the story.

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