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By Isabel Molina-Guzman

With photos of Jennifer Lopez’s butt and the USA Ferrera’s smile saturating nationwide and international tradition, Latina our bodies became an ubiquitous presence. harmful Curves lines the visibility of the Latina physique within the media and pop culture through studying a vast diversity of renowned media together with information, media gossip, video clips, 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 sequence of interesting case reports. The ebook 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 gruesome Betty personality. harmful 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 function in shaping public wisdom approximately Latina identification and Latinidad, and the methods political and social forces form media representations.

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Much of the news coverage focused negative attention on the 1980 Mariel boatlift that brought 125,000 Cubans to Miami. The negative coverage continued as thousands of Balseros began traveling to the United States in rickety makeshift boats. 22 Unlike the Saving Elián | 27 white middle-class professional Cubans of the 1960s and 1970s, the majority of recent Cuban exiles were black, single, and working-class laborers. S. public, especially in Miami, where Cubans are the largest ethnic and racial minority group.

62 For the Cuban government and some Cubans, an authentically Cuban identity belongs only to those born and still living on the island. Thus, in mainstream news coverage, the grandmothers use their biological bonds to Elián and Elisabet to foreground their custodial claim to Elián as grandson and their ideological claim to Elián as Cuba’s symbolic son. S. S. public opinion. S. Interest Section in Havana. S. ”64 Not only was Elisabet recuperated as a lost daughter whose son should be returned to his biological family, but the Cuban nation itself was visually inserted into news stories as a mother figure with rights to her native son.

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. The Elián case illustrates how femininity, motherhood, and the Latina body are key sites for cultural and political conflicts over citizenship and immigration.

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