Archive for the ‘Latina’ Category

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Can’t Hold Us Down

May 21, 2007

I want to discuss Christina’s song and video for “Can’t Hold Us Down.” (The video is after the jump) The song hits directly on the double standards set for women. Women have been expected to be seen but not heard, and to not have an opinion; “Call me a bitch cause I speak what’s on my mind, Guess it’s easier for you to swallow if I sat and smiled.” It’s so much easier to call an assertive woman a bitch than to give her the same respect an assertive man would receive. Women have to behave a certain way and they can’t do the same things as men because of these expectations that society holds strongly. “If you look back in history it’s a common double standard of society, The guy gets all the glory, the more he can score, While a girl can do the same and you call her a whore.” This is the same message she’s brought up in other songs of hers. However, this song also directly tackles the men who feel they can take advantage of women. Please watch the video before reading further commentary: Read the rest of this entry ?

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She’s Hot…

May 15, 2007

The popular Men’s magazine, Maxim, has ranked Christina Aguilera as number 4 on their Hot 100 Women List of 2007. She ranks underneath Scarlett Johansson, Jessica Alba, and Lindsay Lohan (number 1). The first time Christina was on the cover of Maxim, it became the all-time best-selling issue.

A noticeable part of the women in the top 20 of the list are women of color or of some ambiguous background. AND most of the women are known for having more curvier bodies, which I found interesting. These women are being marked as hot because of their sex appeal. Now, skinny women like Kate Moss are being criticized for their “waifish” bodies.

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Just a Commodity?

May 10, 2007

So Christina claims to be doing Spanish language music because it’s a side of her since she’s Hispanic, but even now she doesn’t really talk about being a Latina in any interviews.  Is her Hispanic heritage just a commodity that she can use to crossover with more ease without seeming as if she’s using the young, Latino population?  Or is she really interested in her Hispanic identity and is trying to be faithful by sharing her music with the Latino world?  Still, Christina isn’t only doing Spanish music, she’s also using her appeal to Latinos by doing commercials.  The video below is of a Spanish Coca-Cola commercial that features Christina.  Ultimately, the message/fantasy here is that by drinking Coke, the young girl can become Christina Aguilera!