Sexual Revolution in Latin American Soap Operas

Latin American soap operas really changed in the past 30 years. One thing that’s new is the quite stunning promiscuity of the positive female characters who travel from one bed to another, sleeping with complete strangers, and still remaining positive characters. The male characters receive it completely in stride, never saying, “hey, you were sleeping with my brother earlier today, give it a few hours, maybe?”

Needless to say, this doesn’t reflect the attitudes of actual Hispanic people. A friend once almost ended a 10-year marriage when she discovered that the husband had slept with somebody else a week before meeting her. “Why do I have to stay married to this whore bastard?” she screamed. If she were a guy, I don’t think the marriage would have survived.

Another thing is a different understanding of pregnancy. In the novela I’m watching, a female character gets pregnant for the first time in her late thirties. An ex feeds her drugs that make her miscarry. When she finds out, she takes it quite calmly but freaks out completely when it’s revealed that the ex had cheated on her.

Thirty years back, characters who suffered from unrequited love – both male and female – didn’t sleep around while waiting for the object of their love to notice them. That all changed.

In this novela I’m watching, a working class Mexican dad discovers that his daughter moved in with a much older guy she met a few days ago. His reaction is to invite the guy to a neighborhood party.

It’s a different world.

11 thoughts on “Sexual Revolution in Latin American Soap Operas”

  1. One of the funniest things I found in the telenovelas was the female work attire. They practically displayed their mammaries for the whole office to see, the skirts barely covered their crotch, the hair and make up looked like they were in full drag. And yet they would be written as characters who took work seriously

    Bear in mind, I’ve not watched a telenovela in 10+ years, so that might have changed as well.

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  2. The work of those trying to shift values has succeeded in the US and U.K. and is now being exported to other countries. It’s all part of the plan to destroy the west from within, which was hatched in the early-mid 20th century by the Frankfurt School- people like Marcuse and Maslow. The US seems to be 7/8th of the way through based on the description I read. Similar thoughts can be found in the book entitled The Naked Communist.

    https://web.archive.org/web/20110726214414/http://www.sovereignindependent.com/?p=12592

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  3. // A friend once almost ended a 10-year marriage when she discovered that the husband had slept with somebody else a week before meeting her.

    Are women still supposed to preserve virginity till marriage in that culture? How are men supposed to behave?

    I thought machismo was the combination of (expected to be virgin) women and rake men, but your friend’s behavior belies that…

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    1. That’s a prerogative of upper class women from wealthy, stable families. It’s intensely hated and envied by other women.

      What I find very interesting in Hispanic women is the single-minded, obsessive, intense dedication to marriage.

      I learned how to be a good wife from my friends in Colombia and Venezuela. They were intensely good at it. Even in these soap operas, the promiscuity isn’t a way to get better sex. It’s a way to find a husband.

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      1. // That’s a prerogative of upper class women from wealthy, stable families. It’s intensely hated and envied by other women.

        What is “that”? The ability to demand normal behavior from a husband? Or, to the contrary, the social demand to be a virgin till marriage?

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  4. Well, things have massively changed in US in this time as well. As in now it is totally fine, downright heroic even, to be a single mother and also, for couples unmarried to have kids you know you cannot support and that they will have to give to the parents — and these parents, nowadays, actually want to raise their grandchildren for their kids, and on and on. Also parents who know their kids are having sex and are cool with it. Parents who when they find out their kids are going to cohabit without benefit of marriage, throw a moving-in party. Etc. I am not saying it is bad, but I am saying it did not use to be this way.

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