A friend of mine just posted an article from momlogic.com on another friends Facebook page. The article itself is fine; a basic little editorial about teen pregnancy. It was the photo of teenage, pregnant Dora The Explorer that didn’t sit well with me.
I doubt there was any racist or malicious intention in the article. I do think that in this one cartoon there are a host of stereotypes regarding Latinas represented. The cartoonist, sadly, probably wasn’t even aware of the hurtful or inaccurate things they were perpetuating.
As an employed, smoke-free, non alcohol-dependent, legal resident of the U.S with no children (with an an absent father) I am not against the norm. I am the norm.
Some common stereotypes about Latinas are that we are overly-sexual women with some sort of genetic propensity for laziness. As a result we end up pregnant young and on welfare because we were abandoned by our equally lazy boyfriends.
Nothing offensive about that. pffft…
And the stereotypical, oversized, tacky hoop earrings were a nice touch.
yay for social progress… let’s speed it up a bit.