First Advisor

Martín Alberto Gonzalez

Date of Award

Spring 6-2023

Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Social Work and University Honors


Social Work




Television soap operas, Family violence in popular culture, Sex crimes -- In mass media, Social problems in mass media




Using Lothar Mikos' (2014) content analysis framework, this thesis uses a Xicana feminist epistemology to conduct a film analysis on telenovela anthologies Mujer, Casos de la Vida Real (1986-2007) and Lo Que Callamos Las Mujeres (2001-today). The impact that harmful depictions of domestic violence and sexual assault, and their foundations in colonialism, is discussed throughout my writing. The cynical and racist implications that problematic portrayals of domestic violence and sexual assault within the Latinx community is analyzed. This thesis claims that popular media, while attempting to bring awareness to these sensitive and life-threatening issues, have perpetuated a culture of recrimination and vicarious trauma. Trauma-informed suggestions, as well as a call for telenovela writers to critically analyze their contributions to systems of oppression throughout their writing, is brought forth.


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