"If you have a sharp eye you cannot fail to notice a Latin man. Such dashing looks would not fail to captivate a woman. Jet black hair and such fiery eyes that make your neck and cheeks to flush. They are such unfathomable eye
s but the fire in them makes you wish he could just gather you in his arms and you melt in them." http://ezinearticles.com/?Why-I-Say-Dating-A-Latin-Man-Is-A-Nice-Experience&id=1018895
I couldn't help but thought about one of our earlier discussion groups about how Latinos and Latinas are portrayed in the mass media that preys upon the ignorance of the general public with tags and stereotypes such as being "excessively passionate" and the like. I'm sure reading this, the social scientist in us will find it laughable that an article will actually generalize across an entire ethnicity like that, but it actually comes from quite a well-reputed site. That was the first surprise for me, as even sites with a decent reputation for objectivity succumb to stereotypes propagated and perpetuated by soap operas and chick flicks, while ignoring the truth of Latin@ culture. On one hand I think that it's because of these continual spoon-feeding of such stereotypical perceptions to the layman that keeps an otherwise ludicrous belief alive, yet on the other, I would like to think that there's some element of self-fulfilling prophecy in there too.
Perhaps Latin Americans in certain environments become cultivated to be passionate in an environment that socially rewards them for fitting into the stereotype - socialization at play here - and consequently reinforce the image of the stereotype in our minds, lending to the vicious cycle that continue to stereotype and ascribe one (or a few types) of personality to an otherwise incredibly vibrant culture. Or perhaps it could be that there's a demand for a "sexy, sensual" race and social forces have somehow conspired to deign Latin Americans as the race for that - purely an economic supply-meeting-demand concept. Whichever it is though, stereotypes like this that play upon our desire for an attractive mate (no doubt we all would ideally want an attractive mate), may keep us from seeing the real men and women that constitute Latin American culture.
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