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This article was originally published on Policy Mic. Once Latinos became the largest ethnic minority group in the U. Just as with other identity groups, these myths are more often than not perpetuated by the media, helped along by heavy-handed, stereotypical or just plain inaccurate depictions spread widely through television programs, popular music and film.
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" ify their "arrival. This contradictory imagery aside, it's important not to believe everything you read on the internet or see on TV, or hear from a politician.
In fact, the lives of U. Latinas are much more nuanced and less sanitized than pundits, marketers and producers would like to convince you. Here are just seven of the damaging lies about Latina women common in American society today. Via: Flikr. A poll commissioned by the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health NLIRH found that the majority of Latinas agree that women have the right to make their own personal, private decisions about abortion, countering popular narratives of Latinas as being socially conservative and anti-abortion.
The image of a barefoot Latin-American woman running across the U. While it's true that some women cross the border to deliver babies, comments like those of Republican South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham who in said on Fox News that "[people] come here to drop. According to Jeff Passel, the coauthor of a Pew Hispanic Center report quantifying just how many children are born in the U. Via: AP. While Latinas have predominantly been excluded from research on body image and eating disorders, they are not immune from developing disordered eating habits and mental illnesses like anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder.
On the contrary, despite rarely being reported or diagnosed, recent studies show that Latinas have eating disorders and body image issues at rates comparable to or greater than non-Latina whites.
For the most part, researchers have concentrated on Caucasian girls and women from middle- to upper-class backgrounds, with few doctors even equipped with the language and questions to ask Latina sufferers. But even though researchers and physicians seem to overwhelmingly disregard Latinas in their work, eating disorders do not discriminate. A study looking at almost 2, Latinas ranging in age from 11 to 20 years old concluded that eating disorders are prevalent in all subgroups, illustrating that these illnesses cut across race, ethnicity, class and age.
In the same year Nielsen published its report, for instance, the Center for American Progress released its " State of Latinas in the United States " report, detailing many of the economic woes besetting Latinas in the U. Although feminists regularly cite the gender wage gap as a scourge holding back women in the workplace, in fact for Latinas, the gap is much worse.
According to some estimates, Latinas earn just 55 cents for every dollar earned by non-Hispanic white men. Furthermore, the share of Latina women earning at or below minimum wage is actually increasing, tripling from toand contributing to an overall poverty rate of Via: Getty. Driven largely by the War on Drugs, women of color, particularly black and Latina women, comprise the fastest-growing sector of the prison population.
Inthe American Civil Liberties Union maintained that mass incarceration has an exceptional effect on Latinas and black women, who are typically the primary caregivers for their children and are also disproportionately victimized. As women, racial and ethnic minorities and for the most part members of a low socioeconomic status group, Latinas posses a triple minority status, all of which impact their educational opportunities.
Though the Center for American Progress reports that the level of educational attainment for Latinas has risen in the past few years, graduation rates for Latinas, at According to a Colorado State University study, Latinas are victims of a broken educational pipeline, meaning they are underrepresented in honors, advanced placement and gifted and talented programs. This disparity, the researchers argue, is not due to a lack of intellectual capabilities, but rather a deficiency in opportunities. Cultural and language challenges, like limited knowledge of the U. From Naya Rivera's role as Santana Lopez on Glee to Shakira and Jennifer Lopez's somewhat infamous music videos to shameless advertisementsit's not hard to find examples of the sexualization of Latina women in pop culture.
But there's a more insidious side to this kind of stereotyping — besides being inaccurate, these types of depictions have been used to blame high rates of teen pregnancies in the community on the "spicy Latina. But while Latina teens have a much higher rate of teenage pregnancies than their white peers, they don't have sex more often than their white counterparts. Thiswhile not reflecting the hypersexuality of Latina teens, can be attributed to intersecting social issues of gender, race, class, immigrant status and education.
Limited transportation and lack of health insurance impede access to birth control for many Latinas, with immigration regulation creating additional layers of difficulty. Abstinence-only educationcommon in states with large Latino populations, also contributes to the high rate of Latina teen pregnancies, as girls are not armed with the information they need to make safe and healthy decisions about their reproductive and sexual health.
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