Do Latinas Dress More Provocatively than Other Women?

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We've been noticing a startling trend lately and we don't like it one bit. It started back over the summer when Debrahlee Lorenzana was fired from her job at Citibank for being "too distracting" to her male coworkers. Lorenzana insisted that her clothing choices were always in keeping with company standards: "Never did I ever show cleavage," the single mom claimed. "I like fashion, but I always dressed professionally." Citibank released a statement reading "While we will not discuss the details of [Ms. Lorenzana’s] case, we can say that her termination was solely performance-based and not at all related to her appearance or attire."

Then, TV Azteca sports reporter Ines Sainz was bombarded with catcalls by both coaches and players on the New York Jets. When the grossly immature actions of the Jets were called into question, multiple media outlets claimed that Sainz somehow "deserved" the negative attention she received because of her outfit (a white button-down shirt and jeans).

Now, University of Florida professor Timothy Taylor has been fired for verbalizing what it seems like a lot of people believe: Latinas dress more provocatively than other women. He even referred to the case of Ines Sainz as proof!

Obviously, making statements about an entire group of women is blatantly sexist, and fueling the anger directed at the professor is the racism he injected into the debate by singling out Latinas. Though we believe that women deserve to be respected and treated as equal no matter what they wear, Taylor is clearly not the only one who believes this misguided stereotype to be true. So, we wanted to know what you think about these controversies.

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Mariela Rosario,

I'm a raging opinionista and I love to share my ramblings on everything from pop culture to food to stuff that makes me laugh & cry! I've worked in all types of media (TV, film, print) and was previously the online editor at Latina magazine before joining Mamás Latinas. On most nights you can find me working my way through my library of cookbooks or playing with my puppy Lola (my only child so far). I have a wonderful hubby who shares my passion for any and all kinds of travel. Together, we've formed a semi-professional wine drinking team.

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