As I was researching Latin band reviews during SXSW I kept encountering a common description: “sizzling sound,” “hot beats” and “spicy” over and over and over again. Recently one of my friends made a facebook post in which she stated, “I wish I were Latina…because then I’d be hotter.” The language surrounding Mexican food reviews is no different either, hot and spicy. The women are smokin’, saucy temptresses; the men are fiery hot-heads. Latin dances like the salsa, also draw heated connotations. Songs often lyricize about “coming a little closer” adding the element of body heat, sweating on the dance floor, etc. Everything is hot in the context of sexuality. Let’s cool it with the hot jokes, people! Okay, bad jokes aside, I’m curious to know—do you Latinitas like the spicy image you’ve got going on? Is it an accurate representation of your culture? Is it demeaning? Too limited? I want to hear what you guys think!