A few weeks ago, I had a Mexican gal named Jovi come to my apartment to fuck.
As she got into doggy position, I started thinking shit about her.
“Fucking Latina slut”
"Want white kids, don't you, slut?"
Did I think "exotic slut?"
Now, to be fair, she isn’t very exotic where she lives given she is a Mexican in Mexico.
Still, when I’m fucking Mexican gals, I like to imagine myself as an American solider who is invading Mexico to steal California & other territories from Mexico.
During the conquest, we find some EXOTIC Latinas in the desert.
Their cuck boyfriends crying and pleading with us to not cum in their pussies.
But the way that these Latinas move their hips?
They can’t help themselves.
Nature takes over.
And, upon receiving cocks TEN TIMES BIGGER than anything they can get locally, their hips move in a way to encourage the White Man to breed them NOW.
Those EXOTIC pussy walls be TIGHT as FUCK.
And the Mexicanitos cry in horror.
“Pobre Mexicanito. Tu mujer es nuestra puta!”
La Selva Lacandona.
Then you blink.
And you are back to reality from fantasizing.
Who doesn’t fantasize when seeing some Latina get fucked on camera like Vicki Chase (Mexican heritage) or whoever?
That video of her working in a bar as an illegal immigrant and getting fucked by an agent?
Truth be told – I like some race play during sex.
When I’m with Jovi or other Latinas, it’s hot to imagine them as “exotic sluts” made to be fucked.
Though, I've never actually thought of them as "exotic" with that word specifically but I like race play as I said.
"Dame hijos blancos" are words that sound like music to my ears.
And I’m not the only one who thinks that way.
Plenty of folks enjoy either fucking Latinas for that reason and/or watching videos of them getting fucked where there’s race play involved.
And, truth be told, even though some Latinas like Jovi are down for some race play during sex, others take offense to the word “exotic” or “spicy.”
In fact, many have written on the subject.
It’s a topic that comes up occasionally.
Is it OK to call Latinas “exotic” or “spicy?”
Well, as you can read here, some Latinas are down to moan “dame hijos blancos” during sex.
So, for those Latinas, I suppose the word “exotic” isn’t out of the question.
But other Latinas might have more objections.
It is, as I said, a point of contention that some Latinas have as some see it as perpetuating a long standing stereotype about them that is dipped in plenty of racial fetishization.
Among other issues that some Latinas have with the words “exotic” or “spicy” to describe them.
And why do they get called as such?
Well, you already know one of the answers.
And that’s for sexual reasons.
I’m guilty of it!
Now can any Latina cop handcuff me for being a naughty gringo? I’m guilty.
So that’s out of the way.
The obvious elephant in the room for why Latinas are seen as “exotic” or “spicy.”
You know – it’s easier to see them as such when you grew up in small town Iowa with a young Latina population of 5.
So forgive me.
And as I do think the large elephant in the room regarding the use of the word “exotic” for Latinas has to do with fetishization and sex, I chose to just address that right away.
Though the topic of sexual fetishization will come up later, we'll try to address other points of concern that relate to this topic.
Is it OK in any other non-sexualized moment to see Latinas as exotic?
What does exotic even mean?
Is there really a long history of Latinas as being seen as “exotic?”
Are they truly exotic in the US?
What do Latinas think about the word?
We’ll discuss much of the above.
This will be one long article as we look into this topic from various angles.
For those with limited time, here’s the Table of Contents where you can skip to the Final Verdict way in the bottom as to if Latinas are exotic or not.
But I encourage you to read the whole article as it discusses various topics related to the “exoticness of Latinas.”
And, if you have anything to add – in agreement or disagreement – with what’s written here, drop a comment below in the comment section.
Anyway, let’s get to it!
The Definition of Exotic
After having combed through some of the online discussion about this topic, it seems a lot of people focus on the definition of the word “exotic.”
Particularly when they want to bring up the criticism of making a connection between Latinas and plants or animals.
Something we’ll discuss soon enough.
Anyway, what definitions exist for the word “exotic?”
First, we can use some of the definitions from Merriam Webster here.
“introduced from another country : not native to the place where found” (the examples of it being used had to do with plants to be fair).
“strikingly, excitingly, or mysteriously different or unusual”
“archaic : foreign, alien”
Using those definitions, can we then find scenarios in which Latinas can be seen as “exotic?”
We already got the elephant of fetishization out of the way but any other scenario where they might be seen as such?
Let’s break it down topic by topic.
Before we go any further, I’d like to say that it sounds pretty cringe to call anyone “exotic” unironically.
Even during sex, I actually wouldn’t use the specific word “exotic” to say to a Latina while fucking her even though I do like race play.
Simply put, it just seems like an outdated term.
I have never once in real life actually heard someone refer to a Latina as “exotic” in either the US and definitely not Latin America.
And while I can get why someone would use the term sexually, I feel it would be even more cringe outside of any sexual context.
As I said, who really uses this term in day to date conversation to describe a person unironically and non-sexually?
I agree with some of the comments online that it really does feel like a better term for plants than people as you can see here.
“Not only does the term exotic make me feel like I’m being described like a tropical plant or an Amazonian animal, but it also makes me feel like I need to be categorized because I’m Latina.”
To be fair, I’m sure there are some historical examples out there but I’m only speaking from personal experience in that I’ve never heard the term used to describe Latinas in any serious manner.
But my experiences might not reflect yours to be fair as we’ll see Latinas claiming that the word has been used to describe them.
So let’s move on considering the other arguments made online regarding the use of this word.
The Media Stereotype
As I said, I’ve never once heard anyone use the word “exotic” to describe Latinas in my entire life.
So where does this come from?
Granted, maybe I’m not hanging out with the right group of men who holla at random Latinas “hola Chica exotica!!”
But, in researching this topic, apparently it has some origins in how Latinas are portrayed in the media.
Given that I can’t recall very well how Latinas were portrayed in the media growing up as a kid, I’ll have to use the internet to find some examples to know what people are talking about.
So what are the examples?
First, we have this article here that gives us something to work with.
“For example, actress Sofia Vergara’s portrayal of Gloria in Modern Family is completely built upon false and offensive stereotypes. Gloria is a Latina trophy wife that is always in high heels, sexualized clothing and is hot-headed.”
Watch Long-Lost Footage Bill Cosby Eyeing Sofia Vergara in Interview
To be fair, I remember women of other races being sexualized in TV growing up.
In cartoon shows even!
As a kid, I used to watch this show called Dexter’s Laboratory where the white mom had her moments being sexy as you can see here.
Here’s a Burger King commercial sexualizing some white chick.
I would ask, as a side point, if media (at least advertisements anyway) growing up as a kid (late 90s to mid 2000s) was more sexualized than it is now?
I have no idea – I haven’t watched TV in a long time but I remember plenty of sexualized stuff on the TV.
While you do have some artists like Miley Cyrus who was very sexual on some wrecking ball years ago, are advertisements at least less sexualized?
Back then, advertisements sexualized women of various racial and ethnic backgrounds.
Here’s a few more examples of sexualized ads.
The actresses (or the last dude), to be fair, could be Latina in any of them, but they don’t necessarily “come across” as people who would be assumed to be Latina by people who have an image of what "Latina looks like."
This isn’t to say that the idea of the “exotic Latina” is a myth. It did start somewhere because I know what they are talking about.
Only that the sexualization of Latinas in the big screen isn't always about using the exotic stereotype and simply could be an example of sexualization of women in general.
Which, as a side point, I don't care so much if an ad has some sexy gal in it. How many women complain when, on the few occasions it happens, men are sexualized?
"Before we get too far into this, let’s talk about cinema’s history with male objectification. I think we can all agree that women have taken the brunt of on-screen objectification and sexualization (women are partially or fully nude on screen three times as often as men). However, just because it happens to women more doesn’t invalidate the fact that it also happens to men. Your standard action flick will feature at least one look at a shirtless male body: think Adam Driver in Star Wars: the Last Jedi – Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible – Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Chris Pratt, Robert Downey Jr, Mark Ruffalo, Sebastian Stann, and all the other Marvel darlings in their various superhero films. The list could go on.
Hey -- people of both genders like to see sexy people. Who doesn't? Don't like it? Hit the gym so you don't feel so insecure (or stop being so prude).
But I guess my points here would be the following:
First, women of many backgrounds were sexualized often – even in children TV shows – and not just Latinas.
Second, because Latinas back then were a minority and are now, it’s easy to see how they could’ve been fetishized.
But I also wonder too “does it matter that much?”
I don’t know – the author in that last article cited made it seem like it was just a white dude thing.
But, after living in Latin America long enough, I’ve seen non-white Latinos fetishize white chicks too (especially Nordic or Russian gals).
At the end of the day, I think it’s just men fetishizing what they have limited access to.
In the same way some women – like some Latinas in Latin America – like to fuck white dudes or dudes of other races that they don’t have as much access to in certain pockets of Latin America.
We, as people, sometimes find it hot to fuck someone of a different background.
This other article here summarizes it nicely:
“Though in my experience my “fetishizers” have been white, racial fetishization can occur by people of any ethnic group. Within the Latinx community, women may be looked upon to live up to the spicy Latina stereotype by Latinos, because that’s what the media has depicted as ideal — and most dangerously — normal. Similarly, it’s almost as common to see a black man fetishize a Latina, a white woman fetishize a black man or an Asian girl fetishize a white dude.”
Then the article before that one goes on to say something that I find silly here.
“The media has hypersexualized the Spanish words for mom and dad. White men expect Latina women to call them “papi” in a sexual context, or use the term “mami” as a sexual compliment, but Latinx use these terms to refer to their parents.”
I’m confused – are they saying it was the media who hypersexualized these terms in the US?
Maybe in the US but I doubt that becauase I would assume Latinos in the US wouldn't be so different from Latin Americans in knowing the sexualized connotation of the words "mami" and "papi."
And these terms always came across as sexualized to me after 6.5 years living in Latin America.
It’s not just some shit that US media invented.
Those terms can be used in a sexualized sense.
Here’s a few reggaeton videos for you of singers from Latin America dropping these terms in sexualized videos or songs.
Not to mention just my experience down here where I have heard folks use the term “mami” in a sexualized manner.
And, to be fair, I’m not sure how US Latinos see or use those terms (especially those not fluent in Spanish) versus Latin Americans (especially as, if I had to guess, the article is written more in regards to a US context of the terms as other articles I am finding on this topic right now seem to be based on).
Either way, I’m not really sure if US media is at fault here for how those terms are used or if, by whatever way, people in US media simply picked up on how those terms are used among Latinos.
Anyway, what else do we have to work with?
Because, as I said, I don’t doubt that this fetishization has occurred somewhere in media since I know what they are talking about.
But, as I said, I can’t recall any examples personally because, not being Latino, I wouldn’t have noticed this when growing up in the US.
Here’s a great article anyway that focuses on the topic with some more examples of fetishization of Latinas.
“Gabrielle Solís in Desperate Housewives is the “loud,” “divisive,” housewife whose promotional ads show off more skin than plot foundation for the show.”
“Even Latina music stars like Jennifer Lopez, who rose through hip/hop and pop arenas, are constantly photographed showcasing their bodacious behinds and flaunting their plunging necklines and toned curves at awards shows.”
“As Rita Moreno, one of few performers to ever win all Oscar, Grammy, Tony, and Emmy awards, puts her own struggle with fighting stereotypes in Hollywood, “I was stereotyped as a hot Latina with smoldering eyes and hips that wouldn’t quit.”
Here’s another interesting quote from this source here:
“And she's not alone in her experience. In a recent study published in the USC Annenberg School of Communications and Journalism, researchers found that of the 100 top-grossing films of 2016, only 3% of roles were occupied by Latinxs — and of that, one-fourth of the women cast were either nude or in sexy attire.”
And, for those curious, here’s a good academic article I found on the topic of sexualiation of Latina women in US Media.
In case the link ever breaks, the title of the article is “The Oversexualization of Latinas in US Contemporary Film” by Olivia Juliet Taylor.
At any rate, here’s an informative video giving a solid analysis on the subject of the word "exotic."
....Oh shit, not that one!
My mistake -- here's the actual video I wanted to share.
Before we go any further, one thing I would ask is “does this happen in Latin America also?”
Let me explain.
Latinos Sexualizing Latinas?
Having lived in Latin America some time now, I can’t say that Latin Americans are anymore innocent on this subject.
This isn’t to make the practice of fetishization or sexualization right when done in the US but only to bring light to how similar things happen down here also.
In Latin America, it’s well known that certain nationalities have a reputation for being hotter than others.
They’re sexualized more.
Let’s begin at a country wide level.
Back when I lived in a Colombian city called Barranquilla, I was friends with a Colombian dude named Andres.
As I wrote here, Andres was telling me about some whore house that had SEXY PAISA women.
And you think the dude was, for whatever reason, obsessed with these PAISA women by how excited he was about this place.
I must assume that he had a damn good time there!
For those who don’t know, Paisa is a word for women from Medellin or the surrounding area basically.
A part of Colombia that is known for having HOT WOMEN.
Have you heard about the PAISA women lately?!?!
While he never called them exotic, he still fetishized (or at least sexualized) women from that specific part of Colombia like a lot of people do.
You can see a video in Spanish about "Colombian women being the most beautiful women of the world."
And, if I had to guess, it wouldn’t surprise me if a few other Latin countries had stereotypes about which women in what part of their respective countries were hotter.
In Mexico, I’ve only heard repeatedly about how fuckable women from Sinaloa are.
In fact, you have quotes like these regarding the difference between women from Culiacan (Sinaloa) and Mexico City.
“Mucha nalga poca chichi es culichi,
Mucha chichi poca nalga, es chilanga”
In other Latin countries, I couldn’t tell you with 100% confidence what the stereotypes are regarding where to find the hottest or most sexualized women.
In Bolivia, I believe the stereotype is about women from Santa Cruz area?
For Argentina, I've heard folks talk this way about chicks from Cordoba.
In Latin America more broadly, I know damn well plenty of Latin Americans know which nationalities are fetishized the most.
Women from Colombia, Brazil, Venezuela, Cuba, etc.
So, while gringos can be guilty of fetishizing Latinas as a whole, a similar fetishization (or at least sexualization) of Latinas from certain regional backgrounds exist down here also.
And, as I said before, who cares if media wants to show someone acting sexy on the screen? Or that we, as people, find sex interesting? It's normal.
On top of that, some of the examples brought up by folks about how Latinas are shown as "exotic" in the US only showed Latinas acting sexy (not that the word exotic was necessarily used).
By that logic where some random chick is shown in a sexy manner is somehow showing her as "exotic," then what do we call it when Latin Americans do it down here?
I get it's different because Latinas don't make up the majority of people in the US but does that mean it's bad when the media of any country sexualizes women who are a minority or from another part of the world?
Because I'm confident I could find examples of Latin Americans sexualizing women from other areas that aren't in Latin America and it doesn't mean that they are giving them any specific stereotype like "exotic" or whatever stereotype they would use.
And, when talking about the role of the media, one could ask what role does media play down here in giving more sexualized images of women of certain nationalities?
Well, similar to the US, I’m sure we could maybe come up with some examples.
Las Reinas Del Barrio ♡Exclusive Remix♡ Sin Senos No Hay Paraiso
And, outside of television shows, we have examples like this in sports also.
Las bellas porristas del futbol en Colombia
At any rate, let’s move onto some discussion regarding the topic that can be found in articles online to contemplate the arguments against or in favor of using the word “exotic” to describe Latinas.
From Another Part of This World
First, we’ll be looking at an article from another good website on life in Latin America called Expat Chronicles that you can find here.
There’s really two interesting themes from that article that I’ll be splitting up as we address each individually.
So the first key theme that I took away from the article was the emphasis on how Latinos are not exotic to the US given the long history of Latinos and their cultural influence being in the country for centuries.
I mostly agree with this perspective but would add a few points to consider.
Let’s take some quotes anyway from the article one at a time.
“If an American is going to call Latinas exotic, he also needs to use that word for British and German women … “
Logically, this makes perfect sense. The only thing I would add in though is that some folks might not see the German or the British woman as “exotic” because they are white.
As I started this article with, much of the “idea” regarding what is exotic has a lot of sexual undertones.
For a country that is currently majority white (won’t be for too long to be fair), it’s easy to see why some would regard Latinas as being exotic and not British women.
Though, if we're being fair, it probably depends on where the person comes from.
In a place with relatively few Latinas, the Latina might be seen as more exotic than in a place like Miami.
And, with that said, it might be fair in briefly mentioning how things might change going forward as it relates to the word "exotic."
Given how quick both the US and the UK are changing demographically, one could ask if it’s still fair to consider Latinas to be exotic (non-sexually) when so much of the adult population is not white and how a majority of the generation growing up now is non-white as you can see here here.
After that sentence, the article then provides pretty good examples of how Latinos have objectively always been part of the US.
From what I see, the examples largely focus on the Latino population that can be found in areas like Puerto Rico, California, Texas, Arizona, etc.
And, in the case of states like Arizona, it cites how the US won those territories from Mexico and so “Latin blood is more native to the United States than many gringos’, including mine.”
I’d actually disagree and agree with the author here on that sentence.
From a demographic and cultural point of view, it’s undeniable that Latinos have always had a presence in what is considered the US today.
And, in the US more broadly, Latinos are by no means exotic when talking about the country as a whole as you can see here.
“According to the 2011 U.S. Census Bureau population estimates, roughly 52 million Hispanics live in the United States, representing approximately 16.7 percent of the U.S. total population. That makes people of Hispanic origin the nation's largest ethnic or race minority. The U.S. Hispanic population for July 1, 2050 is estimated to reach 132.8 million, constituting approximately 30 percent of the U.S. population. How exotic are we, really? Does "exotic" simply mean non-white because white is the default? Fellas, don't ever, ever use that word to refer to anyone. Seriously.”
The only thing I would add though is that not all of the US is the same as we all know and there are various parts of the US that don’t historically have as much Latino influence in the local culture as others.
Given how big the country is, I do feel that’s an important distinction to bring up (granted, for anyone reading my blog, I tend to bring up regional differences a lot in Latin America anyhow).
It’s a complicated matter anyhow.
Take Iowa for example (where I’m from).
You do have a history of Latinos (primarily of Mexican descent but not all of them) coming to Iowa for work related reasons.
However, in some of the rural areas where folks migrating from Mexico moved to, you simply don’t see that much of their influence in the area at all.
It depends on what part of Iowa you talk about anyway.
And so are those small bits of Iowa the same as Texas?
Could the Latina be seen as exotic in a rural Iowa area versus Arizona?
And it’s a tough question to answer because I feel there are different ways of looking at it.
From a sexual point of view – sure, you’ll have people seeing the Latina as exotic because small town Iowa (and many other rural areas of the US) just don’t have that many Latinas.
As we covered before, people tend to sexualize what is different. Words like exotic might be used.
Historically and demographically, I guess it depends on how many Latinos needed to be in the area for the ones who live there now to not be seen as “exotic.”
In my small town where I grew up, I’d say it’d be pretty fucking weird to call any Latino “exotic.” We have plenty of non-white folks anyhow and, as I said, the word "exotic" really does seem outdated itself.
But that is a weird question to ponder – just how much demographic and historical influence of a group of people do you need before we say that they’re not exotic anymore in that specific area?
It’s also a dumb question in my opinion because it feels weird using the term “exotic” for actual people in a non-sexualized way and also because how does anyone find an objective way to determine when the word “exotic” is not appropriate anymore by that logic?
How do you objectively determine the amount of demographic and cultural influence needed from a group before they are no longer exotic?
And, given we are talking about Latinas, one could do a thought experiment and ask if the type of Latina matters?
Do we differentiate Latinos by nationality when determining if one is exotic or not?
Granted, to be fair, the differences among Latinos in that regard is not usually very well known among Americans.
Still, permit me to do some mental gymnastics, OK?
If a sexy Paraguayan woman with medium brown skin, long black hair, big red lips and nice tits with some pepperoni nipples showed up to live in a small town of 1,000 people in the rural Appalachians…
Is she exotic?
I get that said area might’ve had maybe some Mexican immigrants dating back to the early 1900s like rural Iowa did anyway.
But those were Mexicans!
And this young lady – whose name is Maria Morales Martinez del Amor Mágico – happens to only speak Guarani and no Spanish (despite her very Hispanic sounding name).
Spends her days drinking yerba mate on the front steps of their home everyday with some traditional Paraguayan music playing here for everyone in the area to hear.
There ain’t nothing Mexican about this!
This is Paraguayan!
But, to be fair, if said town had enough Mexican immigrants beforehand, would the locals notice the difference?
Maybe but I share your doubts.
Depending on how small the town was, her background would probably be investigated by the curious locals who are suspicious of any newcomer and maybe they’d see a difference.
Especially when they hear how much superior traditional Paraguayan music is to traditional Mexican music.
So isn’t she exotic?
She is new to the area bringing a different culture with her.
Now, to be fair, small towns in the Appalachians are not attracting too many Paraguayan women who only speak Guarani these days.
That is an extreme example.
Still, we can make the example less extreme inch by inch and arrive to the same point.
The point being that, if said Latino is arriving to a community in the US that truly doesn’t have too many Latinos (and there’s plenty of areas like that), then wouldn’t they be seen as “exotic” using the definitions brought forth previously?
Either way, it’s a dumb thought experiment only written down by somebody with too much time on their hands.
Trust me – I’m a very busy man with more important matters occupying my time.
Let’s move on to bigger concerns.
The Commonalities Between the US & Latin America
Outside of the first main argument regarding the historical legacy of Latinos and Latino culture in the US, we also have the other argument presented by Expat Chronicles regarding the commonalities that could be seen between the US & Latin America.
This is another argument that I largely agree with but I have a few points that are more serious in nature that I disagree with (though I still agree with the larger conclusion).
Anyway, this second argument presented is basically focused on the similarities that you could find between the US and Latin America.
Given those similarities, Latinas cannot be considered exotic in the US.
Let me cite a few similarities presented in the article to begin.
First Quote: “A lot of what comes out of Western Europe and Scandinavia is more foreign, more alien to heartland Americans like me than Latin culture.”
Second Quote: “We share a legacy of colonialism. Our people left Europe for a new, very different life. You can’t tell me there isn’t a disproportionate propensity for risk in the DNA of everyone from Canada to Patagonia.”
Third Quote: “The Americas are young countries. In Europe, on the other hand, there seems to be less hopefullness and dreaming in societies that are thousands of years old. Where Americans consider themselves optimists, Europeans see naivete”
Fourth Quote: “While the Americas are racially diverse, we’re nowhere near as diverse as Europe culturally.”
Fifth Quote: “Europe is the world’s most secular continent. Outside the Muslim world, the Americas are probably the most religious.”
Sixth Quote: “In this list of the world’s 50 most dangerous cities, a whopping 45 are in the Americas, with four in the United States. In all of Europe, not one. The prevalence of guns is a quirk of Americana that horrifies Europeans. But not Americans. Crime is, for whatever reason, shared across the Americas.”
So, let’s break it down quote by quote.
On the first quote, I would ask 1) is “Latin culture” more common in St. Louis than cultural influence of Western Europe and 2) do you say this because of your time in Latin America and how that has changed what you perceive to be foreign?
For me, I know the latter would be the case because I have gotten very accustomed to Latin America and the cultural aspects to life down here.
For the second quote, I would actually say that quite a few Latinos in Latin America do not share this sentiment. It’s only been my impression that most don’t see a commonality with the US based on “shared history of colonialism.” That, instead, if you were to ask folks in Latin America about the US, most wouldn’t cite any shared colonialism history but instead you’d hear quite commonly the complaints about US imperialism in Latin America.
Though I agree that we do obviously have some shared history on being former colonies of European powers.
On the third quote, I’m not sure to agree or disagree. For one, you have plenty of young folks in Latin America who say stuff like “sáquenme de Latinoamerica” as you can see here.
Of course, that’s just internet talk and you got folks in the US who say shit like “it’s time to escape the West” but you can genuinely find pessimistic views of folks in Latin America anyhow.
Are they more pessimistic than folks in the US? Well, in recent years, it sure seems folks in the US are very pessimistic about their future.
I'll leave this point alone anyhow because I don't have a firm answer on how true this commonality is but I think I get where the author is coming from.
On the fourth quote, I’m not sure that is true either but what I’m going to say would probably be a point for how similar the US is to Latin America more broadly speaking.
Each race does have their own cultural distinctions.
And, in Latin America (like the US), you do have various indigenous groups with their own cultures as well.
Not to mention the long history of people migrating from all over the world to both the US and Latin America, bringing with them their own cultures.
But, being honest, I don’t know how “culturally diverse” Europe really is when compared to Latin America. You do have cultural differences obviously but I’ve only been over there briefly for a few months. So I'll leave that alone.
So stepping away from the comparison to Europe, I’d say there is a ton of cultural diversity in both the US and Latin America.
And, as I said, I think that’s one thing you can find that is common in both regions of the Americas.
On the fifth quote, that’s true. If I had to guess, maybe the US, on average, is less religious than Latin America on average these days but we both share that religious factor pretty strongly.
We are also increasingly less religious behavior in both areas of the world by each generation from what I’ve seen.
So we do have something in common there.
On the sixth quote, that’s true also.
However, I’d argue that the topic of “gun rights” is a little more important to the average person in the US than the average person in Latin America. One could argue that’s a noticeable cultural difference between us.
And, stepping away from crime statistics, I’d argue that various pockets of Latin America have experienced violence in other ways not too long ago that the US hasn’t as much.
Such as some countries like El Salvador or Nicaragua experiencing a civil war in the 20th century or countries like Argentina, Brazil or Chile coming out of a dictatorship and all the violence that came from that not too long ago.
When speaking of violence, that’s one thing to mention.
Though, as some might point out, the US hasn’t been showing overly positive signs of respect for democracy recently either after some of the shenanigans after our last election.
At least we haven’t had a new dictatorship or civil war!
Either way, I agree largely with some of the points of the author but there’s a few things I would add to them.
It’s all around one of the best articles I could find online regarding the topic of "are Latinas exotic?"
And, outside of regional differences in the US between regions or some cultural differences between the US and Latin America, I’d say that his points stand pretty strongly.
We do have similarities between both the US and Latin America that make Latinas not at all exotic up there and we do have a long history of Latinos and Latino culture in the US more broadly (despite various rural areas not having as much of that).
So, all around, it’s a good article to read that brings up some valid points.
Let’s move onto some other points to consider (both mine and those presented in other articles).
Issue with the Spicy Latina
Before we go onto other articles, I’d like to make one point here.
When people often call Latinas “exotic,” they also often use other words like “spicy” for example as we have seen before.
This type of Latina is often seen as hot-headed and “feisty.”
Personally, I always thought this stereotype of Latinas was kinda dumb because, in my experience dating plenty in Latin America, most never came across as “feisty.”
It’s not a very good stereotype in my opinion because I see it as some gringos leaning on that idea and excusing shit behavior from whatever Latina he is dating because “oh, she’s spicy, feisty, hot-headed, whatever else.”
Just an excuse, based on a stereotype, to permit shit behavior from whatever Latina said gringo is going out with when, in my experience, most Latinas are pretty chill.
Granted, maybe I’m hanging out with too many white Latinas as some would say after hearing me doubt just how "feisty" or "hot headed" Latinas are.
Making Her Feel Like an Outsider
Over a week ago, I read some article on this topic where the author explained that the use of the term “exotic” to describe Latinas isn’t helpful because it makes them feel like “outsiders” or that they “don’t belong” like everyone else in society.
Especially in the context of everything else I’ve read or listened to tonight, that makes sense to me.
More of an important argument as to maybe why the term “exotic” shouldn’t be used so casually to describe Latinas in the US.
I did casually find this one article referencing the idea here:
“One of my least favorites: exotic, for many reasons. Just for a little bit of background, exotic is most commonly used to describe plants and birds from other countries. It’s also commonly used for women of color. So when someone calls me exotic it makes me, and other women of color, feel like an “other,” this is not a term commonly used for white women. It leads to fetishizing women of color and making us feel like some sort of conquest, also I AM NOT A BIRD OR A PLANT. I AM A HUMAN BEING.”
If I can find the other article again, I’ll cite it here.
It's a good argument anyhow.
Let’s move on.
Is it Racist?
This is another argument I’ve come across online.
That the term is racist.
Personally, I can see how it can be seen as such but I think it depends from my perspective.
If someone were to use the term “exotic” to describe a Latina because that person views them as an outsider when they are objectively part of US society (born here, naturalized, whatever), then I can see that as being racist.
But, as I said before, I just never heard anyone use the term in anyway that wasn’t sexualized.
I never really thought of the term as having any politicized meaning to it.
But could the term be seen as racist even in just a sexual connotation?
By the logic just used, I guess so.
Even if you’re just a dude who wants to fuck, technically using the term to describe some Latina as “not being from here” or “exotic” then could be seen offensively in that matter even if the intentions aren’t as bad.
Which I think is the case – I don’t think most people using the term “exotic” to describe Latinas are trying to be racist dicks.
Only that, to them, you seem exotic based on their life experiences.
You might not be exotic technically given the history of Latinos and Latino culture in the US more broadly speaking but, in their life experience growing up wherever they did, you are more easily seen as exotic.
And so, in that context, I wouldn’t give such an individual a hard time about being racist because it doesn’t feel like they have any malicious intent with their use of the term and also because their area of the US truly might not have much Latino culture to begin with.
But, having said that, I get the Latino perspective, at least from what I have read, as to how it could somehow be seen as racist by the Latina hearing the word.
The Racial Diversity
Speaking of race anyway, I wonder how often Latinos who don’t “look Latino” get called exotic in the US?
As we know, not all Latinos have the same skin color.
Plenty of Asian, black, brown and white Latinos.
And plenty of people who think Latinos are only brown looking and nothing more.
So, when discussing this topic, I wonder how many people who would describe Latinas as being exotic would extend the definition to those Latinas who aren’t brown?
Say white looking Latinas for example.
It’s a casual thought I just had. Something to ponder.
Isn’t Exotic & Sexy Good?
This is another argument I have seen online when looking into this.
Basically the idea that “well, Latinas shouldn’t find it offensive when these terms are used for them because who doesn’t like being seen as exotic, spicy & sexy?”
Personally, I think it’s a dumb argument.
If someone doesn’t want to be described by a specific term, then that’s just how it is.
And, as you can read online, some give their reasoning as to why they don’t like the term like you can see here.
“But what they don’t seem to understand, is that being described using these kinds of words doesn’t flatter us, it objectifies us. It makes us feel like we’re being viewed as merely objects rather than actual human beings with hearts, minds, and souls.”
Which goes to the next point.
What do Latinas Think?
Of course, we have US Latinas and Latin American women.
But, as I’ll always say when we discuss the use of other terms like gringo for example, I always feel it’s up to the individual that the term is meant for as to determine if it is offensive or not.
It seems that simple to me.
You got a term for a specific group of people?
What do those people think about being described that?
After all, it’s a term for them and not you.
Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a poll online asking how many Latinas or Latin Americans like the term “exotic.”
I even checked Pew Research for one.
So the only thing I have to go by is the amount of articles written by Latinas that I can find online all agreeing together that the term “exotic” isn’t preferable.
So, until an actual poll comes out in 10 years, that’s all we got to work with.
It seems plenty of Latinas don’t like the term and, if they don’t like it, why use it?
Though, as I said, I wonder if there’s more sensitivity regarding the term among US Latinas versus women born and raised in Latin America?
I would imagine so because it would be a little more common for US Latinas to feel like “outsiders” and be sensitive to that.
While, at the same time, you probably have less Latinas being called “exotic” in Latin America for obvious reasons.
Therefore, issues with the term are probably less common among the locals down here.
Either way, as I always say, how the audience the term is meant for feels about the term is always something I consider to be more relevant.
And, as far as I can tell based on 5 hours of brief internet research, plenty of Latinas in the US seemingly don’t like the term.
Western Culture to Blame?
Funny enough, I found an interesting quote from this article here that had something to ponder.
“As soon as I Google “spicy Latina,” I am bombarded with photographs of over-sexualized Latinx women in promiscuous positions with barely any clothing to cover her curvy body. In fact, I can just search for “Latina” and get the same results. Expressing sexuality is a wonderful thing and the women posed for these photographs should not be shamed for that, but the Western culture should recognize that fetishizing an entire racial community is disgusting, demeaning and downright racist.”
First, I’m at least glad that she realized, or indirectly implied anyway, that it’s not just Latinas who are sexualized in the US.
Having said that, I disagree with her notion that it’s a “western culture” thing to blame when it comes ot sexualization of women.
Unless the author is coming from the more rural village of Bolivia, there’s probably sexualization going on in the media and common life wherever her heritage is from.
As we covered before, there’s no shortage of examples of women being sexualized in Latin America.
Is it a bad thing?
Depends on the circumstance but I don’t see sexualization as a bad thing in every context.
You aren’t reading the words of a Catholic Priest on my blog.
And that’s a side point to bring up – some of the arguments I’ve been reading over the last few hours seem to be more focused on their issue with sexualization in general and less to do with sexualization of Latinas specifically in US culture.
The same articles written by women who naturally want to be seen as more than just fuck toys.
And I get it – you achieved other things in life and aren’t made to just fuck random ass dudes.
But what’s wrong with a little bit of sexualization if the people involved were cool with being sexualized?
Jennifer Lopez & Pitbull - Medley (American Music Awards Live 2011) [HD]
Did anyone force her or other Latinas to dance sexually?
So she's cool with it -- why give a fuck?
What is this – The Islamic Republic of Iran after overthrow of the Shah in 1979?
Don’t be so square – let’s see some bobs & vagene.
Exotic Latina bobs and vagene.
Source for the picture here.
Not Fitting the Stereotype
Another issue that seems to have come up in what I have read is this idea that this stereotype about Latinas being "exotic" makes some feel "not Latina enough" if they don't fit the label.
From what I've observed, US Latinos can be a little more sensitive to "just how" Latino they are and if they fit the idea of what Latinos are supposed to be.
Especially when many of them might feel insecure about not being born in Latin America, not speaking Spanish very well or at all, etc.
Similarly, I read this article here with this interesting quote.
"The spicy Latina stereotype is fucked up for so many reasons, but the saddest part is that everyone else thinks they have the authority to decide if you are Latina enough for them.
Truth is, I am Latina enough for me, and I don’t need anyone’s permission to be."
Alternatives to Exotic
In digging through articles on this topic, I found that other terms are used to describe Latinas in the US also.
I always knew “sexy” was included.
Some use the term “submissive.”
Others go for spicy for example.
Doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, does it?
After all, Colombian women are often regarded as some of the sexiest women of Latina America but their food lacks anything that resemble spices.
In fact, it lacks any sense of flavor to begin with.
NOT EXACTLY SURE HOW THEY GET CALLED SPICY BUT FAIR ENOUGH!
But weird terms to describe Latinas also includes “tamales.”
I never once heard Latinas referred to as “tamales.”
It sounds so dumb that I almost wonder if the Latina writers on this subject online are making shit up.
Still, it seems to be a common enough alternative to the word “exotic” that plenty of people use that term as you can see here.
“Next, no joke people actually call Latinas “tamales.” I don’t get it. At all. “Oh what a hot tamale you are!” Tamales are corn and meat, how the hell is that supposed to be a compliment? When Latina women are compared to a tamale it literally means we are being seen as a piece of meat. Are you trying to show some type of respect for my culture? And if yes, why is the only thing you can think of is food?”
Given the term “tamales” for Latina gals in the US, I guess the terms are meant to have more of a Mexican influence.
Makes sense given so many Latinas in the US are of Mexican origin.
Thankfully, we haven’t been calling US Latinas more offensive terms based on food that taste like shit like “patacones.”
Anyone want to fuck some patacones, today?
Listen US Latinas – it could be worse. You could be known as “patacones.”
Equally, if I had to choose between being sexualized as a double meat double bacon hamburger with extra cheese or some nasty ass grits, I'd definitely choose the former.
My Cousin Vinny -- grits
Anyway, jokes aside, let's wrap this up!
Final Verdict: Are Latinas Exotic?
So this article is pretty long and, similar to whenever I cover opinion pieces from other folks, it tends to touch various related but different topics.
Sorry for the lack of conciseness.
At any rate, now that we have covered many of the arguments surrounding this topic, let's actually just answer the damn question: are Latinas exotic?
In my opinion, there are three ways to answer this question.
First, I wouldn't call Latinas "exotic" in a serious sense as if they don't belong or are different from the US.
Their culture, be it Paraguayan or Mexican, can be found in parts of the US (with obviously some cultures like that of Mexico or Cuba being much more common than Paraguayan or Bolivian obviosuly).
And, despite some very specific rural areas of the country not having much Latino influence (though maybe some), I still wouldn't use the word "exotic" to describe Latinas in a serious manner because they do have a place in American society as a whole and have for centuries.
Second, I find using the word "exotic" to describe Latinas in a non-ironic and non-sexual sense to be very cringe as I said. It really does sound like a word better suited for a fruit or something. I genuinely have never heard someone use the word "exotic" to describe a Latina that wasn't meant to be sexual.
So, having said all that, I'd disagree with using the word "exotic" to descibe Latinas in a non-sexual and non-ironic sense.
Finally, as I said, the word "exotic," at least in my experience, really is used more sexually than something more serious like if they belong in the country or not.
And that's really where I feel most of the discussion around the word "exotic" revolves -- in a sexual sense.
So are Latinas sexually exotic?
Exotic & Erotic?
Look, we got all fetishes.
If an individual of any race who simply never grew up around too many Latinas and never had much sexual experience with them, I can see how that person would see them as "exotic."
Exotic meaning "this is a type of person I've never had sex with."
Of course, what someone finds sexually exciting is not always a problem if the person doesn't moan their fetishes during sex.
Similar to the Latina not knowing that the dude fucking her is thinking "you exotic slut," plenty of girlfriends of any racial or ethnic background don't realize that their boyfriends are thinking of their last ex or their favorite porn model while fucking also.
What they don't know doesn't hurt them.
So I don't see much issue here with the use of the word "exotic" if it stays in the head.
But, as we saw in some of the articles cited today, some Latinas have reported men calling them "exotic" while fucking them or after sex.
Is that OK?
It largely depends on the woman.
In the same way that, though I like to think of the latest Tinder gal as a "nasty slut cumdupster bitch whore fuck hole," I'm probably not going to say outloud those words during sex.
She might not take it well....
But, as I mentioned in the intro of my article, I have met some Latinas down for race play.
Though I've never tested the waters with the word "exotic" in Spanish, I have had them moan the words "dame hijos blancos" during sex.
So, if some Latinas are cool with that, then I imagine the word "exotic" wouldn't be pushing the boundaries too much.
But, as I said, it largely depends on the woman in question.
After digging through this topic, it largely feels like an issue that American Latinas are more offended by than actual Latin American women on average.
That's my impression anyhow and it makes sense given your typical Latin American dude probably isn't using the word "exotic" to fuck a Latina unless he happens to be a white Latino guy and she happens to be from a rural indigenous village in Chiapas, Mexico.
So, when it comes to using the term exotic to describe a Latina during sex, just make sure she is down with that before going there.
In that scenario, for approximately 53.5 minutes (I last a long time because I'm a stud), then a Latina can be considered "exotic."
Outside of that case, I'm going to say pretty confidently that Latinas are not exotic.
That's the final verdict.
Are Latinas exotic?
Anyway, enjoy this video of some exotic Latinas dancing also to some good music.