A Scene From The Film ' Selena '

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In a scene from the film, Selena, Selena Quintanilla-Pérez, a Mexican-American singer, is ignored by a white sales woman. The sales woman judges Selena on the color of her skin, determining her social status as one unimportant to her business, not realizing that Selena was actually a celebrity. Just as the sales woman predetermined a role for Selena rooted by race and ethnicity, Waretown High maintained class, gender, and race stereotypes in determining girl’s futures and outcomes. Julie Bettie’s Women Without Class discusses these stereotypes through expectations set for las chicas and the preps by the school, families, and themselves, the exclusion of hard-living students, those whose families were low income, and the ability for some girls to become upwardly mobile as an exception to the rules. The girls in Waretown High distinguished themselves according to class and ethnicity. Symbolic boundaries between the preps and las chicas were represented through their styles, ambitions for their futures, and taking part in class performances. The preps dressed in more neutral and pastel colors, giving off a sense of innocence and femininity. The preps focused on following the socially accepted path in life of going to school, getting married and then having a family. The preps, who had college-educated parents, used their cultural capital to basically run the school. In contrast, las chicas wore dark makeup and more sexualized outfits as a class and ethnic performance,
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