Search terms and stereotypes

March 4, 2009 § 3 Comments

In the month or so since Silvia’s post on being a Latina feminist, we’ve had a steady stream of questionable search terms – that is, words or phrases that, when entered into a search engine, eventually lead people to our blog. This week alone, we’ve gotten hits from terms like “naked Latinas,” “Latina sex,” “hot naked Latinas,” “Latina women legs,” “Latina photo,” and “tied up Latina.”

Most just have two or three readers attached to them, but still. What do you all think this says about Latina women in our culture? And how do you think these people react when they find Silvia’s post – which is still our most-read piece?

§ 3 Responses to Search terms and stereotypes

  • gingerlady says:

    I Google imaged ‘woman’ today. I highly recommend it if you love feeling horrified. First two images: pregnant women. Third: A woman in a mesh jumpsuit.
    Tits, ass, womb. Madonna-Madonna-Whore.

  • Silvia says:

    I wrote that post because of how disconcerted I am with the way Latinas are portrayed in our culture and the fact that my daily life is affected every single day as a result. I’m so glad that the people who use those search terms are directed to my post, hopefully they are reading it because that way they can learn that Latina is NOT a synonym for sex toy.

  • jemimaaslana says:

    Yeah, it’s very telling what people search for. I once wrote a disgusted post about a vending machine with used school girl panties (Japanese, what else?) and ever since that post has been m most hit, with a not really very close second in a criticism of a book about Women’s Infidelity.

    Not a lot of people seem to come by way of other topics. Tsk tsk tsk.

    Like Silvia, I hope I’ve managed to make just a few of the un-aware searchers more aware.

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