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Oct 26 2022

Forked-Tongues, Muzzles, Roars: Hearing Feminism at La QueBuena Radio

Women's Leadership and Resource Center's Feminisms Lunch Lectures

October 26, 2022

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM


1700 SSB


1200 W. Harrison St., Suite 1700, Chicago, IL 60607

Marlene Quinto looking toward the camera, with a smaller photo of Dr. Esther Díaz Martín below it. At the top is the event title. On a yellow background below the photos is text describing the event (the same text that appears on this page).

Join the Women's Leadership and Resource Center for a talk by Dr. Esther Díaz Martín on the testimonio and on-air gordibuena politics of Marlene Quinto, a.k.a. Marlene 13, La Vozalona, La Bosales, La Marleona/Lioness, and one of the most recognizable voices of L.A. radio station La QueBuena.

Marlene’s defiant feminist voice personifying the intersection of chola and immigrant deviancy is the instrument that carried her in an epic-like journey from poverty to celebrity status in nationally syndicated Spanish-language morning radio. Aside from amplifying her life-history testimonio, centered in the West Coast musical imaginary where banda meets hip-hop, this talk will explore the sounded, tongued, and vocalizations that articulate her particular anti-machista politics to theorize her femme-centered desmadre sound and gordibuena politics that merge social media, the visual regime of heteronormativity, and shock-femme radio deviancy.

Food, Safety, and Accessibility:

  • Masks are required.
  • Boxed lunches will be available for takeaway. Attendees may not eat inside the event space.
  • Building and suite accessibility info is available on our website.

Please contact us with any questions or access requests: or (312) 413-1025.

Date posted

Jun 8, 2023

Date updated

Jun 13, 2023


Esther Díaz Martín | Assistant Professor, Latin American and Latino Studies and Gender and Women’s Studies | University of Illinois Chicago

Dr. Díaz Martín is a first-generation immigrant and scholar with roots in Jalisco, Mexico and California’s Central Valley. She studied at California State University and The University of Texas at Austin where she earned a Ph.D. in Iberian and Latin American Languages and Cultures in 2018. She joined UIC in 2019 as an affiliate of the LALS and GWS programs and teaches Instruction to Latino Studies, Gender in Latin America, and special topics on Latinx Sound Studies and Contemporary Latina Narratives and Latinx Futurity. Her research interests within cultural studies and popular culture and literature focus on gender and body politics. Her current book project centers the testimonios and feminist soundwork of contemporary Latina radio hosts across Spanish-language radio and podcasting.