Thursday, June 19, 2008

Without Breasts there is No Paradise

East Coast Boston reader Daphne Strassmann writes in to ask if I had ever heard about a show called Sin Senos No Hay Paraíso now playing on Telemundo--sadly, No! I had to respond....

How could such a treasure trove of hypersexualized Latino/a reality slipped under my radar. The show is an adaptation of the Sin tetas no hay paraíso, a hit in Colombia--here's part of the wikipedia skinny:
"Telemundo originally billed the show as "Sin Tetas No Hay Paraíso." The network was expected to soften the title, because many consider the word tetas a vulgar equivalent of the English word 'tits.' In the end, the word senos was used to avoid conflict with FCC regulators over indecent languange. Creator Bolivar said the change was a pity; he also said he toned down some scenes for the US telenovela format."
Here's the promo:

The opening credits with their metonymic transposition of female sexual spaces with Latin American geographic contours:

and a promo for the original series in Colombia:

Meditations on how all of this factors into issues of the contemporary Latina/o body politic is forthcoming.

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