Gender, Class And Traditional Culture

903 WordsNov 2, 20144 Pages
Gender, class and traditional culture all have a prodigious impact on the fate of ones future and the obstacles that arise in the pursuit of the American Dream. In the film, Real Women Have Curves, the viewer can witness firsthand what it entails to live a lifestyle of a first generation Mexican teenager living in a Hispanic neighborhood in East Los Angles. The film draws you in on an intimate level and allows you to relate to the culture and viewpoints of traditional Mexican heritage. The take home point of the film was transpicuous: the pursuit of the American dream is characterized by ones gender, class and traditional culture that one is born into. Defined in Wikipedia, Gender is the range of characteristics pertaining to, and differentiating between, masculinity and femininity. (Gender) Ana Garcia is the main character in the film, Real Women Have Curves, and Ana’s gender role is established very early into the film. Ana is feminine, but independent. She is 18 years old and is a senior at Beverly Hills High School. Carmen, Ana’s mother has already established her daughter’s gender role. That is, Ana must work in her sisters dress-making factory, get married, bear children and take care of her family as a female Mexican-American woman should. This is how Ana’s mom lived and this is what is expected of Ana. Carmen has given up on Ana’s older sister Estela as she is not married and childless. Because of this, Carmen is solely focused on Ana to fulfill her yearning to
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