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Three Faces Of Eva: The Hot Latina Stereotype In Desperate Housewives, Debra Merskin Jan 2007

Three Faces Of Eva: The Hot Latina Stereotype In Desperate Housewives, Debra Merskin

Debra Merskin

One of most popular network television programs to come along in years is Desperate Housewives. The show presents the intimate lives of 5 women living in a middle-to-upper-middle-class neighborhood somewhere in America. One of them, Gabrielle Solis (played by Eva Longoria) is Latina. The role appears to be a break through role in terms of media representations of Latinas. Visibility as a lead character in a highly successful television program is a rarity for Latinas. However, a critical reading of the program shows that the opportunity to advance the image of Latinas is lost as dialogue, the presentation of Gabrielle ...