Stereotypes In Othello

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In William Shakespeare’s play “Othello,” Othello is respected for his status as military general for the Venetian army and his stance while he is discriminated for his looks and race -a commonality of the time. Similarly, because of the media portrayal and our looks, hispanic females in today’s American society are both dominating for the “spicy latina” and as a symbol of sex and “spiciness” for “spicy latina.” “Othello” tells the story of the fall and demise of a Venetian general who was also a Moor. He was respected for being a military general but was disparaged because of his skin color and for being a Moor. During the time when this play was written, Moors were discriminated and rejected by society so it was ironic that the lead …show more content…
Women who are considered to be a “spicy latina” tend to be judged by their looks. According to an article about the five different roles women play in movies -one of them being the spicy latina- the articles describes how latina women who are famous in Hollywood became known for their “sexy image.” (Five Common Latino Stereotypes in Television And Film), stating how these roles “fuel the stereotype that Hispanic women are sexy but also loud, crazy and spicy.” (Five Common Latino Stereotypes in Television And Film). Any poster of a Latina star usually involves them dressed in very revealing clothes in order to show off their looks while making them look tough and not to be messed with. This idea of the “spicy latina” and how we should look has “denie[d] many latinas their cultural identification based on their physical appearances and sexual attractiveness, alone.” (Sexy, Sassy, and Spicy: The Portrayal of Latina Women in American Television). Majority of latina women don’t look like the latina women on TV but because this is the form they’re portrayed, everyone believes that is how a Latina should look, robbing a true identity of a group of people. The emphasis on looks for latinas is so heavy, that -like an article states- “there is so much pressure to look good and hot...because that’s what women are valued for.” (The Spitfire Latina Stereotype: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly, and The

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