Sunday, October 26, 2003

Bend it like Real Women

Just watched "Bend it like Beckham." Excellent movie! But I couldn't help but compare and contrast it to another indie, "Real Women have Curves," which took on a similar idea of the younger daughter who must battle the stereotypes that their mother's set forth for them but with the Latino community.

There is the emphasis on breasts and dressing feminine, as well as what it takes to get a man and how that adds to your female status and quality. The men in each of their families are quite supportive. For the most part, they stay silent behind their wives, but then when it comes down to it, they put their foot down and give their approval. Each get full rides to their respective far away colleges, so the family can't make say they can't afford it. Interestingly enough, they both have white boyfriends who are able to understand them and are open and accepting to the differences and cultural constraints the women must face, by loving them for who they are.

I wonder what the Filipino version of "Bend it like Beckham" look like. Most of the Fil-Am movies out are about Filipino American guys making their way, nothing yet about women. hmmm....I'll get back to you.

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