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Sin Tetas No Hay Paraíso

November 12, 2007

I just learned of the planned television show, “Sin Tetas No Hay Paraíso” (Without Breasts There Is No Paradise), via an editorial in the journal Plastic Surgical Nursing. Here’s the charming summary, from Wikipedia:

Paraíso tells the story of 17-year-old Catalina, a gorgeous young girl who descends into a decadent world of easy money as a teen prostitute.[8] She comes from a poor single-parent family and her brother works as a hired killer for drug traffickers. The girl dreams of a life of luxury, but she is not bosomy enough to attract a wealthy pusher whom she can seduce into making her a pampered paramour.[9]


Sick of poverty, Catalina decides that plastic surgery will help her find a new life. During her pursuit, she is raped, gets an abortion and dives into the sex trade.[10] She sells her body to raise money for breast augmentation.[11] After five operations, she loses the will to live and considers suicide.[12]

An English-language version of this Telemundo production is reportedly in development for NBC’s 2008-2009 season. Ugh.

9 Comments leave one →
  1. Sarah permalink
    June 25, 2008 10:19 pm

    You might think this is crass, and indeed it is. It is also, however, a realistic portrayal of the life of some poor Colombian people: the life not even Colombians want to recognize. It is harrowing, it is disgusting, it is crass. In a country where, regardless of your education level, it is difficult to succeed (we’re not talking U.S.A., where most people who want to be doctors can become successful doctors through their own efforts). In these countries wealth comes from more distorted sources; in Colombia, a lot of it comes from drug trafficking and a lot of women – women who would never, ever reach the standard of living a regular, lower middle class woman has in the U.S. – seek to become involved with the business in order to reach whatever dreams they have. This series is the story of a girl who has dreams and she tries to reach them through the only resource she has: her body. Unfortunately, in Latin American countries, the female body is not appreciate it at its most natural: forget the extreme body images portrayed in American movies! Colombians want you to be a size 0 in pants and a DD in bra. The woman in the series just strives for what she dreams, but to get it she is required to get involved with less than reputable characters and… well, bigger boobs. Maybe you think it’s an exploitation show. Well, think what happens to women who are born in a male-dominated society, poor and in a situation where they have no roads to freedom or independence, let alone success.

  2. June 26, 2008 6:40 am

    Sarah, thank you for your comment – it just bothers me to think of people being “entertained” rather than alarmed by watching a show about this – the idea of a woman’s body being her only asset is not something we should celebrate or normalize, but work against, IMHO. I suppose it depends on whether the show glamorizes it or not, though.

  3. Edgar Sifuentes permalink
    June 27, 2008 10:30 am

    Ofcourse it dosnt glamourise but informes and educates the world but especially teens about how drugs and prostitution can lead you to destruction as we see the main character suffering…Rachel (pz)

  4. June 27, 2008 10:53 am

    Edgar, thanks for your input.

  5. Rose permalink
    June 29, 2008 8:48 pm

    So far what this program has portrayed is a young girl who has no dignity and thinks nothing of being a prostitute in order to obtain a “better life”. It makes you think about how far people will go in order to obtain material things. In my opinion, people with honest jobs who stab their co-workers in the back in order to climb up the “corporate ladder” aren’t any better, as they too do it in order to obtain money strictly for more material goods.

  6. Ximena permalink
    July 1, 2008 3:13 pm

    I watch this series everyday, and must I say that it’s showing the life of one of these girls. The author did talk to some prostitutes in Colombia and their story influenced the book. Yes, it’s terrible that women have to degrade themselves to this. But it’s not only in Colombia, it is something that is happening world wide. What makes angry, is that people in the U.S think that it can’t happen here. Hello? Human trafficking, prostitution, it’s everywhere. This is an amazing series and it is informing everyone on so much, and people shouldn’t make these women worthless. Sometimes you just have to do things like this, I’m not saying anyone should, but we all do things at one point that we would never expect from us. But I say that anyone should take the time and watch it when it comes out in the U.S. I am watching the Spanish one since I speak Spanish and I am
    Argentine. Well I say just give this show a chance.

  7. September 4, 2008 12:44 pm

    If any1 is interested in watching it tune in Telemundo they have a new version. Also NBC is working in their version thanks to Telemundo being their sister network they love the idea so expect to see their version hope is not like their soap operas they suck. Mayb this will b a good transition.

  8. Natalie permalink
    May 22, 2009 6:43 pm

    okay, i am actually watching the show and i think i understand what the writer is trying to do. it is through excess that he’s trying to emphasize on this matter and i believe that when it comes to such horrbible things like child prostitution and drug trafficking the most effective way to alarm people is through shocking images and incidents. I myself never knew that woman trafficking is so common in Colombia although i had heard about the drugs issue. Regardless of what anyone has heard though, it is very interesting to actually watch it and follow the character through her personal experience. It might strike you as something very odd, but there are so many things one can learn about those peoples’ culture (and i’m not talking only about Colombian people, because things like that happen everywhere- poverty has no nation). I believe that what amazed me the most is how far can one go when there is need, especially while watching not only Catalina’s story (she’s the main character) but also what happens to the other girls too (her friends from her hometown and her teenage-pimp friend Yessica). Of course it’s no good judging the situation because the simple people who are struggling to find money for their basic needs are not to blame-if u live in a country where there is no middle class but only super rich or super poor people anyone’d prefer to belong in the first group, no matter what the cost…

  9. March 12, 2010 5:44 pm

    Excellent! If I could write like this I would be well happpy. The more I read articles of such quality as this (which is rare), the more I think there could be a future for the Web. Keep it up, as it were.

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