The Issues of Culture and Gender in Bend It Like Beckham Essay

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The Issues of Culture and Gender in Bend It Like Beckham Culture and gender are the two main issues of ‘Bend it like Beckham’. In this film gender is put across by using sex and religion, but it is much more complex than that. Race, sex, religion and beliefs should not stop you getting a job; or achieving what you want in life. In ‘Bend it like Beckham’ all Jess wants to play football, however because of her religious and cultural beliefs her mom says this is not possible. In this essay I will be discussing the different cultures and genders issues in ‘Bend it like Beckham’. Throughout the film Indian beliefs are portrayed by Jess and her family, this is showed by Jesses parents always…show more content…
The first time Jules’s mother meets Jess she is surprised that she plays football with her religion. Plus she is surprised that her name is Jess in till she finds out her real name is Jesminder. Gender is an issue in ‘Bend it like Beckham’ it is shown in mainly ways. Firstly when Jess is playing football in the park and Jules says she is good and she should play for her football team. After this the boys she was playing football with say to Jess and Jules will you take your shirts off at the end of the game. Another gender issue is when her mom finds out jess has been playing football behind her back. Then her mother says an Indian girl should not be playing football, they should be cooking. Finally her dad does not want her play not just because of her religion. He does not want her play because when he first moved from India to England he was the best at a sport, but because of he was Indian he was not allowed to play and he doesn’t want her to get caught. In one part of the play Jess gets red carded for fighting on the pitch. She did this because another girl made her a racist remark at Jess and called her a ‘paki’. She said to Jules this really hurt her. This shows gender and cultures issues because she is being abused about her Asian backgrounds, which she wants to defend. The
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