Latinas hate being viewed as sex symbols. Latinos are considered to be sexy, while it is not a problem that we are seen as attractive people, it becomes a nuisance when they see us just as that—SEX symbols. I heard some people say that what Latina women are doing (when going for sexiness) is conforming to men. This is NOT true. Latina women are not afraid of their sexuality. We do not do this to appease men, but rather, to please ourselves. Feeling sexy means feeling confident about yourself. Our purpose is not to cater to men, but to feel comfortable in our skin.
Many women are successful, sexy, and independent. What's wrong with that? Why can't a woman be all three? Must we look and act like a man to be treated like one? When it comes to feminism, we want gender equality in terms of social and economic standards. We are not aiming to be manly. We are striving for equality in other areas that have nothing to do with physical appearance. Latina women aren't the only ones who want to look beautiful. The beauty industry is a multi-billion dollar business for a reason. All women want to look appealing, our definition of beauty varies, but we all have a similar goal in mind.