Not Your Erotic, Not Your Exotic

by Latina Fatale on 01/31/2011 · 7 comments

in Feminism, Popular Culture

The other day @polkadotjunkie commented to me on twitter that she has been getting a lot of hits on her feminist blog from people searching for latina porn. Welcome to the club, hermana.

I’d love to list all of the disgusting, misogynistic and racist terms that people type into google which results in them somehow reaching this blog, but I really don’t want to contribute to the problem. I’m a prude by no means and am a sex-positive feminist who has dabbled in blogs with adult themes and content, but I’m still appalled at the brutality in the terms that people are searching for when it comes to latinas.

It makes me feel violated in a weird way, as if the boundaries that I have set up to protect myself have been broken in a way. I always have a second thought with certain words or terms that I am going to type. I sometimes even hesitate when I write the word “latina”. I always have to check myself to ensure that I am not silencing myself.

This suddenly brings to mind Suheir Hammad’s work, “Not Your Erotic, Not Your Exotic”:

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feministified February 1, 2011 at 1:56 am

Thank you for the mention! The odd traffic coming into my blog hasn’t subsided, but I am no longer surprised by it. Which is awful.

On a personal note, I have always hated being referred to as ‘exotic’. Even before I ‘knew’ I was a feminist, I always felt uncomfortable with being dehumanized like that. I wish I would have been exposed to Suheir Hammad, or someone like her, back then!

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Juliana Schwartz February 14, 2011 at 6:38 am

Love the video!

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Carrie at TikiTikiBlog! February 17, 2011 at 3:27 pm

Dear Dios! I love this.
Part of why I launched Tiki Tiki Blog was this exact same reason: To showcase Latinas in all their glory — their talent, their smarts, their dreams.
To show beauty — inner and outer.
I saw the searches for Latinas on my other Blog (bilingual in the boonies) and because of a Latin-focused business and I was horrified. I did some keyword research and saw the most popular hits had to do with sex.

Well, my little corner of the world — and yours — is showing that we’re a hell of a lot more than our nalgas.

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Latina Fatale February 28, 2011 at 5:59 am

Thanks everyone, for your perspectives and thoughts! I can’t wait to get to know you more!

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Angela Alvarez March 26, 2011 at 12:59 am

LOVED THIS POST!!! You are so right. Even though I am the anti-exotic Latina, I suffer the consequences too!

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Latina Fatale March 26, 2011 at 3:16 pm

Exactly, women who don’t fit into this “exotic” mold are sometimes discriminated against! Such a shame! That’s one of the reasons that I started this blog!

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