Abstract In this article, I argue that the domesticating process in popular culture is not only portrayed through the stereotypical Latina maid, but through teen characters such as the only Latina character in the television show, The Secret Life of the American Teenager, Adrian Lee. Lee, played by Francia Raisa, is portrayed as a girl with a bad attitude who is over sexualized, and whose mother is an absent flight attendant and whose father does not come into her life until later in the show. She is also portrayed as an academically successful high school student. Nevertheless, her academic abilities are overshadowed by her questionable morality. Lee must undergo the domestication process in order for her to assimilate to American teen culture. These normalizing, and homogenizing images of Latinas become detrimental to all of society because they create false narratives of Latinas. These images are produced and created by the dominant culture; they erase the ability of Latinas to speak for themselves and to complicate the images of how Latinos are represented.
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