latin singers who use Spanish as their native language are singing to a broader audience.
“Latino women are writing songs about race and gender,” said Juan Marquez, a professor at the University of Chicago’s School of Music who studies Latino culture.
“And that’s not a new thing.”
Marquez is one of many scholars who have been exploring the role that Latino singers have played in the music industry.
In 2012, Marquez’s study of more than 500 singers at the top five Latino pop and rock festivals showed that Spanish-speaking performers were the most popular.
And he’s also found that Latinos tend to perform better on the stage than their non-Hispanic white counterparts.
The study found that the top three performers on stage were all Latino, and that only one was white.
The next two, who were both white, were all singers from Mexico, which means that they had at least some familiarity with Mexican culture.
It’s an observation that makes sense to Marquez.
“Mexican culture is very heteronormative, and the majority of its singers are Hispanic,” he said.
“I think that’s something that is reflected in how people of color are perceived in their music, whether it’s in terms of the racism or sexism that’s inherent in that.”
Marner’s research also revealed that Latino female singers were more likely than their white counterparts to sing about race.
The data, which was presented at the American Music Hall of Fame’s annual meeting last year, showed that the average Latino female singer sang about race about six times more often than the average white female singer.
Marquez also found evidence that Latino women were more apt to use gender as a lens through which to express their own identities.
“The thing that I find most striking is that Latino men and women, while being more diverse than white men and white women, are also significantly more likely to express themselves in a way that’s more likely be interpreted as an outsider, as a non-Latino,” he told Newsweek.
“In fact, Latino women tend to say that if they didn’t speak Spanish, they wouldn’t be able to sing.”
Latino women are also more likely, on average, to use a song’s lyrics as a source of self-expression, compared to white women.
“There are some Latino songs that are more overtly sexual,” Marquez said.
In one song, for instance, “La Amigos de los Muertos,” a Mexican folk song, a woman sings about her sexual experiences.
“My first thought is, oh my God, it’s a sexy song, but it’s also very honest,” she sings.
In another, a Mexican singer says, “The only thing that you know is that it hurts.”
A more recent study published in the journal Sex Roles found that Latino male singers tended to use sex and sexual language more than Latino female performers.
“When you listen to Spanish-accented music, it sounds very masculine, but I think the Spanish language is also the language of power,” Marner said.
Marner noted that the study also found Hispanic men and Latino women in their 30s to be more likely—and therefore more likely for their songs to be read as sexual.
He explained that the language in Spanish is often used to address and communicate with each other.
“If a woman is really uncomfortable, the man says something that’s really empowering and very feminine, like, ‘That’s not right,'” Marquez explained.
“That’s when the man has the power to say something.”
While Marquez believes the use of language in his studies is evidence of how the language is used in mainstream society, he also said that it may be a result of how people use it.
“People are making assumptions that language is an essential part of our everyday lives,” he explained.
Marceros research also suggests that there’s a difference between the kinds of people who use the language and those who use it in a sexual way.
Marqueres, for example, said that some Latino men are attracted to Latino women who have a strong sense of self and are also sexually attracted to Latinos.
“They are attracted in the same way that white men are to black men,” Marquees said.
For Marquez and Marqueas, that’s a powerful message.
“A lot of the research that I’m reading says that it’s very clear that there is a gender difference in what’s going on when a Latino person speaks Spanish,” he added.
“For example, when I speak Spanish to a Latino woman, it might be because she has a lot of sexual experience.
But when I say that to a white man, he might not be as receptive.”
Marqueras and Marquez agree that many Latinos don’t have the luxury of choosing their language and how they use it, and they want the language to be understood as a way to connect to people of all races and ethnicities.
“We’re really trying to figure out how do