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6 Myths Latinas Can’t Live Down Thanks to Stereotypes on TV

Latina roles in the media haven’t changed since… well, since there were roles for Latinas in the media. Although Latinas are more than deserving of their time on TV, these roles have perpetuated the stereotypes and stigma for the entire Latina population.

The roles that portray us as exotic, hypersexual, voluptuous, ultra-feminine, spanish-speaking or submissive run rampant in the media — think the likes of Sofía Vergara, Roselyn Sanchez and Lupe Ontiveros — and are similar to how Latinas are perceived in real life.

READ: How Telenovelas Lied to Us About Sex

In her article “6 Harmful Myths About Sex and Latinas,” poet and writer Erika Sanchez says the affects go further than that, “Unfortunately, this pigeon-hole doesn’t only affect the way others perceive us, it also influences the way we view ourselves. Even knowing that these portrayals are ridiculous, some of us may also fall into the trap. The media is that powerful.”

And those established roles leave no room for roles about real Latinas, especially from the LGBT community.

Read more about these long-standing myths from Salon here.

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Latinas Talk: Therapy Hangovers

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Latinas Talk: Therapy Hangovers

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For all of the societal issues and pressures that Latinas are currently dealing with today, no doubt it’s important for us to have access to mental health tools. Seeing a psychiatrist or therapist can help with managing the strange times we are currently experiencing or, at the very least, help us to cope with them. But diving deep into personal traumas and issues can have different effects for different people. For some, the period after a session can be brutal, like a therapy hangover. For others, it can be insightful and empowering.

Recently, in an effort to normalize therapy, we asked Latinas how they typically feel right after a session and the responses were pretty insightful.

Check them out below.

The period after the session can be emotional.

“Once a week! There is always work to be done on myself and navigating that with the right therapist makes a huge difference. As someone with depression and anxiety, I have to protect myself in these emotional times while also have a space to heal from past traumas.” – carina.s.cruz

It can make some people feel on top of the world.

“I don’t talk to a therapist anymore but I remember feeling so good after my sessions, my therapist was amazing and some days I miss having those sessions.” – lxandreaa

Sometimes it can feel like its the best part of the week.

“I used to do biweekly, but now I switched it to weekly. It’s honestly the best part of my week. I can let me guard down and I don’t have to pretend that everything is ok. It’s nice to have an hour to openly process my grief and get valuable insight that leaves me feeling stronger and empowered.” – alexis.eileennn

So helpful that sometimes it’s worth doubling up on sessions.

“Weekly! And if she plans a two-week vacation, two times a week! 😆 I’ve been going to her for five years. I can’t imagine my life without her rn.” – likekatiebutwithanh

But ultimately for many Latinas, the period after a session can be empowering.

“Every two weeks! I feel empowered. I feel lighter. I feel like I have a solid compass in hand helping me on my journey. It helped to find someone who understood BIPOC trauma and generational racism so that I didn’t have to validate my experiences at the onset. My only regret is that I didn’t do therapy earlier in my life.” – feliciagonzalezbrown 

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Sweet & Empowering Tattoo Ideas For The Latina Who Loves Herself

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Sweet & Empowering Tattoo Ideas For The Latina Who Loves Herself

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With so many types of tattoos out there, it can be easy to feel like its hard to find something unique. Especially when it comes to paying tribute to your Latinidad. Fortunately, we dug around Instagram and found some of the sweetest and hilarious tattoos that are perfect for Latinas.

Check them out below!

This one that has all of our names written all over it

For tequila and Grey’s Anatomy fans

And another tequila tattoo for good measure

For the spikey and sweet agave lover

This tattoo is perfect for Cubanas who love café

For la rosa at heart

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For the freedom fighter

These Taíno inspired tattoos

And these beautiful tattoos for Boricuas

For the rum lover

For the lovely minimalist with pride

And of course for the Frida fan

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