6. Real Women Have Curves (Part 1)

September 25:

READ: Báez, Jillian M.Towards a Latinidad Feminista: The Multiplicities of Latinidad and Feminism in Contemporary Cinema.” Popular Communication 5.2 (2007): 109-128. (feel free to skip over sections that deal with Girlfight)
DISCUSSION: Rachael Serreti & Stacey Pecor

Real Women Have Curves (PowerPoint presentation attachment)

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40 Responses to 6. Real Women Have Curves (Part 1)

  1. elizabethkparsons says:

    One of the scenes that I appreciated the most was the one in the factory when the women removed their clothes down to their underwear because it was so hot. Their playful banter (“I’ll show you stretch marks!”) made me smile, not only because they were funny, but also because instead of hiding supposedly “shameful” aspects of their bodies such as cellulite, they celebrated their flaws. Despite social strictures, as demonstrated by Carmen’s reaction, they revel in their bodies. Ana reacts against her mother’s constant criticisms and declares her beauty in spite of Anglo standards.

    • Kiara Morales says:

      I agree, this was a very moving scene. Especially since throughout the entire movie her mom would make such awful passive comments about her appearance. I felt that it was a way of making her feel guilty or manipulating her to stay with the family, especially since she knew that Ana had the opportunity to leave for education.

      It was at this point in the movie where I knew that Ana had encountered the power within herself to be freed of all the self-doubt.

      • Stacey Pecor says:

        It was definitely a breath of fresh air for Ana as well as the other workers. I agree with both of you as well and how they embraced this moment when they accepted their bodies. It seemed for the first time they were actually happy and played the music, were dancing and enjoying themselves at work. It was also really sad because they were pointing out each others flaws and taking it as a compliment that this person had more cellulite or stretch marks so it made them feel better about themselves.

    • rserreti says:

      I agree with this post as well. When watching this scene, I felt happy for Ana because I felt that she finally accepted her body even after all the things her mother said. I also liked this scene because it made all of the women embrace their bodies. They were not ashamed of how they looked. All they cared about was being comfortable in their own skin and not always having to hide their bodies from society. This scene in the movie showed the acceptance of their bodies.

    • Adam Lang says:

      I agree, this scene was one of the most moving in the film. The way that they turned what society saw as flaws into something to be proud of was a perfect example of what everyone should do. Our culture should stop embracing one body type and instead look at everyone as unique and beautiful in their own way.

  2. carolynluby says:

    I found this movie truly heartwarming in many different ways. The struggle of Ana against the White/skinny american and western world idea of beauty is a fight that many young women find themselves in today. With increasing pressure from the media, where these truly “unreal” women are shown at every turn, women and young girls are feeling more self critical and have lower self esteem than ever. From advertisement to music videos, media and entertainment send women a message of “the white and thin”. It seems that in all these mediums the skinnier a woman is the more attractive she is, and the more “whitewashed” her features are the more mainstream she is likely to become. A great example of how unobtainable this ideal of pretty is is a quote I read on a poster I saw in the Womens Center (http://www.womenscenter.uconn.edu/) recently that stated, “There are 300 million women in the world and only 8 of them look like supermodels”. The women this quote is referring to are Victorias Secret Models. Not only are these women incredibly skinny, but their features are incredibly similar for women of a broad spectrum of races. Many of these women are White, but Chanel Iman, for example, is African American where as other “Angels” such as Alessandra Ambrosio and Adrianna Lima are from Latin America, specifically from Brazil. Yet despite these women’s various racial backgrounds they all seem to fit the same body type, a body type that does not have real curves and is unobtainabley skinny (an image one could describe as white/ american/ european.) These women do not show that different races can have different body types, and that women come in all shapes and sizes. Instead they attempt to make women all strive for the same body type- whether it is physically possible for them to obtain that or not is irrelevant to the people producing this ideal of beauty. Instead of trying to fit themselves in a mold they will never fit into women need to learn how to embrace themselves- their weight, their curves, their race, their ethnicity, their sexuality, and other themes this movie explored that are a part of EVERY woman’s identity. Don’t spend your life trying to be someone else- because in the end you will find youve missed out on getting to know the great person you are and the great person you still have yet to become.

    • sorariku says:

      It is true, that when you see someone in the television, magazine or radio, a person wants to become that exact person and will try to change everything about themselves. Eventually, they will lose themselves of who they were before the transformation and become someone that could be either a good influence or a bad influence in your life. Kids wants to become like their idols, but they will forget.

      However, girls who are teenagers are more about looking at themselves and starts to judge themselves about how horrible they look and that they wish they could change themselves. Some girls or women starts to change their whole personality, so they could be just like their idols and forget about who they were before. It is sad that some girls won’t accept who they are but there are other people who will talk about the other person in a bad way, which will make the other person change themselves. Physical wounds can heal right away but there are words that could stay in a person’s live forever and they will get hurt emotionally and mentally.

    • Stacey Pecor says:

      I definitely agree and I like that quote you found. It amazes me how magazine ads and the media portray these Victoria’s Secret models and girls so paper thin when in reality, how often do we see someone walking around campus looking like that? Not often. It sets girls up to constantly be judgmental and hate their own body type. Girls grow up with this media pressure to be the ideal thin and wanting something that they don’t have. In RWHC, I liked the scene where Ana becomes intimate with Jimmy she turns the light on to show him what she really looks like and reveals her curves. He says she is beautiful and really boosts her self esteem since she is always being told by her mother how huge and awful she looks. She has this sense of realization that it’s more about the type of person you are and how you present yourself rather than being overweight or having a curvy body type. There is nothing wrong with that and Jimmy definitely points that out to her.

    • Adam Lang says:

      The advent of photoshop and other similar programs has made it easy for photographers to make the women in their photos look like they have achieved flawless looks. In almost every ad, the women are almost always pale, regardless of their skin color, and skinny. Advertisers play on the insecurities of women to sell any kind of product, from makeup to diet pills. I think money is a huge factor driving the perpetuation of this “ideal” for women to live up to, and it is truly an awful industry.

      • briannamartone12 says:

        A big issue with how our current society is happens to be that the way we show women visually to other people. Obviously, there are countless ways in which this happens but in focusing on advertisement, it happens all the time. Women are not only sexualized, let’s think of how these models are shown. But, they also have this body image that is really unattainable. But, girls don’t realize this! Therefore, that’s how other problems continue to exist involving their health as well. Although some advertisements have tried to challenge this, the overall idea is not challenged enough!

      • Skylar Smith says:

        I completely agree with you. Diane Alverio discussed in her presentation that Latinas are seen as objects. Their body is on display like an object on a shelf. The body they show the consumers is a one of a kind. No one is able to achieve that body type because it is technologically altered, etc. More recently it is good to see the media advertising about feeling good with your body instead of slimming down but the idea and concepts are still not challenged enough.

    • morgankamm says:

      This is very true and in the movie, we see this struggle between Ana and her mother. it seems as if Ana’s mother Carmen is trying to conform Ana into something that she is not. Ana’s mother only puts her down and makes her feel more self conscious than she already is. Instead of telling Ana to embrace her curves, Carmen does the opposite, which really has an affect on Ana.

      • briannamartone12 says:

        It is possible that maybe we can begin to see some change within women and their body types. I say this because I think our generation is more aware of how media is not reliable in showing women truthfully as how they are. Just the fact that we are learning about this now shows that there are attempts to recognize these issues in order to solve them. It seems that the generations that are older than us are the ones that its hardest to challenge the way they think. However, maybe eventually the more people become aware of this we might see something different happen.

  3. yininghe says:

    Something I found very interesting about the film is the idea of a generational gap and how this impacts on the ideals and perspectives of the main character Ana, as compared to her mother’s ‘old-fashioned’ mentality. Being a first-generation Mexican American, Ana went to high school in LA and inherited more modern values, for lack of a better word, in addition to her being brought up with a modern-day worldview. I feel like this is an extremely relevant condition for many migrant families, and this can result in the blending and intersecting of identities.

    Ana and Carmen’s difference in worldview is particularly interesting when you examine it in the context of language. Carmen often speaks to her daughter in Spanish, especially when she’s speaking quickly or launching into a lecture. But Ana replies in English, perhaps a symptom of their differences in identities and ideals, and at a more literal level reflects the difference in education level. Of course, the idea that Spanish represents the old, traditional, familial bonds while English represents new and modern ideals is a problematic one, but I thought was one we could explore.

    The fact that Ana was Latino does not get in the way of the fact that she is an actual person. She has her insecurities and dreams, and I think the film managed to portray these elements very well. She is a well-rounded character that has influences from both her ethnicity and family as well as her school and larger shifting societal environment. I feel like this is a step in the right direction for latinas in film.

    • sorariku says:

      There are people in the United States that even though, the latino/latina already knows spanish, they still want to talk in english because that’s how they were raise in their environment. And parents cannot help to wonder but to think that some of their children speak spanglish, talk in english and in spanish in the same sentence. Spanish represents the old, traditional, familial bonds that are still present. While English represents new and modern ideals is a problematic one, which sometimes either it can do good choice or a bad choice. The movie was really interesting of how back then, teenagers were about their clothing, their way of hairstyle and the way the talk to adults and they speak differently with other people who has the same age as Ana.

    • yininghe says:

      An excerpt from the reading that complements my post:

      “Ana uses the English language to assert her superiority when communicating with her mostly Spanish- speaking mother. In doing this, Ana places liberal American feminism at odds with the gendered and racialized ways of life of these women. This marks a new kind of Latinidad feminista—one that demonstrates the social hierarchy and tensions between different generations within Latina/o communities.”

      • You make a great connection when you say that the different languages spoken to each other represents the generational and value differences between Ana and Carmen. When Carmen speaks Spanish, that can represent her traditional non-educational views, while Ana speaking back in English represents Ana’s priorities in pursuing her life goals, starting with an education.

  4. sorariku says:

    I have another thing to say about the parents of the Latinos is that when someone comes from another country and goes into the other country it will not be the same as the old one because it migth be different than your original country. Parents who faces new things in a country, it is hard to get use to the ways Americans live in the United States, there are different culture, different way of speaking and can have the freedom to say what is in their mind.

    It is hard to get ajusted to the idea that your culture is different in another country but for kids or teenagers, they get it quickly and starts to be just like any other young people who lives in the United States. Some parents tries to put tradition into their kids but sometimes kids can come up with new believes like Ana is a woman but she can be something else than being a housekeeper, she can create her own path without the parents saying that she has limits. Ana also has to understand that she has to love herself and not tell herself that she isn’t beautiful. Girls in her age always see their bodies that something is wrong with it but it is all in the head, they are fine the way they are but if the want to help their body, they can do other things to keep their body healthy.

  5. Kiara Morales says:

    This movie is a very profound look into dynamic of being Latina but also Ameican. Ana identified with her culture, but she also struggled with what it was embracing and also rejecting the American ideals. It was a very powerful film for me to watch to see Ana struggle to fight agaisnt the traditions of working in America, having a manufactoring company, that was a family business, which was a to be viewed with a great sense of pride but at the same time for her to see the conflict that although it is work, all in all it is unfair work – a sweatshop.

    Additionally, this film portrayed the image of a latina beautifully, pointing out that there are an array latina body sizes. The portrayal of Ana is very sincere and quite different than the stereotypical latina that we see, all though volumptous, she is not depicted like the stereotypical spitfire latina we think of. She is smart, and she is conservative. This film is a positive film about a latina who can use her intelligence in order to persevere, and that is quite different than what is often portrayed in the media for a women in general, not just a latina.

    • Lindsey Honig says:

      I especially agree with your first paragraph. I think the film does a good job of showing the difficulties of being a minority in the United States- how do you hold onto your old traditions while embracing the new ones?

      I would also add that “RWHC” exemplifies the conflict BETWEEN generations from the same cultural background. In other words, much of the arguing between Ana and her mother were due to her being a naturalized/1st generation American and her mother being an immigrant. Yes, being a Latina in America poses its difficulties, but I think we often forget that being a Latina in America can at times be even harder within your own family.

      I have experienced this in my own life, not as a Latina, but having a dad who was not born or raised in America. Luckily I have not faced the scrutiny from my parent the way Ana did, but I still sympathize with her on some level.

    • alexandriagarry says:

      I completely agree with you Kiara! This film certainly portrayed Latinas in a different light than that usually seen in media. I think Ana is the perfect example of a girl trying to fit into two worlds and ultimately deciding that she needs to make her own to be happy.

      • Stacey Pecor says:

        I also loved that the movie showed different portrayl of Latinas that the media usually does not as well. Based on the reading, Baez states how “Ana experiences an internal contradiction between solidarity with her fellow Latina workers and the upward mobility promised by the American dream. Ana assumes she knows more because she was born in the U.S., speaks standard American English, and is educated. Furthermore, Ana uses the English language to assert her superiority when communicating with her mostly Spanishspeaking mother” (pg 120). I think this is powerful because in a way it’s almost as if Ana feels more American and is using this as a tool to be superior to her mother. It was sad that Carmen was so offended and disapproving of Ana and her dreams of going to college but is understandable the generation gap.

    • Mariah Monroe says:

      Kiara, I agree with your point about this film showing that there is no one Latina body size or appearance. The media likes to depict all Latina’s in a similar fashion: sexy, curvy, and hot, hot, hot. Well this movie showed us that Latin women come in all shapes and sizes. This film also showed us that Latin women have more to them than just their curves and an enticing accent; they are intelligent and passionate, hardworking females.

      I also liked how RWHC depicts the struggles of growing up a minority in this country. Creating new traditions while maintaining old ones is a tough battle.

    • Caroline/a Nieto says:

      I really think this film is something that should be shared with more people. The themes in it are so important- and I feel as if it can be something that can really help younger Latinas with issues such as body image, self conservation, and identity. Ana is strong in so many different aspects and she is who she is, not because of being just Latina, but because of all of the things in her life that have molded her. She has grown to be a person that is strong not because of the way she looks or because of her background but because of the things that she has experienced. I think this is an important theme for any Latina- you don’t have to be a sexy, crazy, spitfire because of the way you look and because of you heritage. You just have to be you, because of the things that you have experienced.

  6. violettaorlowski says:

    Real Women have Curves did a wonderful job of giving the audience a glimpse into the frustrations that women and families have together. Ana, being a second generation Latina American was struggling to please her family ideals as well as trying to find her own identity and and live up to her own standards of what she thought she should be. This speaks true not just for latinas, but for any ethnicity that has to deal with immigrant parents and becoming “Americanized”. I loved watching Ana refuse to conform to what her mother wanted her to be or act like, and this made Ana a very strong female empowering character. The struggle between wanting to appease her parents but also herself made the movie seem much more real and relatable to real life.

    Although she did try to explain her beliefs to her mother regarding her body and her sexuality, I wish she would have fought more for her education than she did about other things. At the end, they showed her moving to NYC to attend Columbia, but they did not show how she finally convinced her family to let her to do this. It would have been interesting to see how this sudden shift happened. Overall, I think this was a positive portrayal that can inspire all women of all races and body types to love who you are and to work hard to obtain your goals.

  7. briannamartone12 says:

    Anas mother was a character that always aggrivated me in the way that she treated her daughter. I know that she loved Ana but I feel as though she did not want what was best for her and as a mother, she should have realized that if her daughter wanted something so bad, she should have encouraged her to go after it. I understand that there was generational differences between Ana and her mother and I think this was the reasoning why they both had a hard time understanding each other. When Ana’s mother was explaining to her that she started work very early, this really made me understand why she beleived that Ana should begin to work. But Ana’s mother probably did not even receive a highschool education, which Ana did. Part of me thinks maybe Ana’s family thought that she was trying to be better than them and devalue their work, but once Ana worked for the Factory, I think that she had more respect for what they do and realized that it was not easy. However, this also made her realize how much more she wanted to go to college.

    It is important that we notice how Ana’s mother really cared about Ana’s role of being a mother as well as wife to her husband. Ana’s mom wanted to teach her how to be a homemaker and really wanted Ana to get a husband, especially because she wanted to be a grandmother. Her mother was putting all these pressures on her daughters to rely on a man and work because thats what she knows. The generational differences is evident because Ana wants to get an education and does not want to settle, she sees more for herself and by doing this, her family and mother think that she is being selfish which is not true. Once Ana received a blessing from her father, which she had to get in order to go to college, she was ready to leave and take on a new adventure.

    I was really disappointed in Ana’s mother and her actions because even though I could see why she thought the way she did, I thought that by the end she would really have changed and supported her daughter. I think the end shows Ana’s independence and that she is willing to do something for herself instead of a man. She also is portrayed as a very confident woman, which her mother if anything did not contribute to that since she always had something to say about her weight. I loved how the movie ended with Ana being independent and walking down the street with such confidence in her body and her decisions.

  8. rserreti says:

    While watching this movie, one of the main things that stuck to me throughout the movie was the relationship between Ana and Carmen. Throughout the entire movie it felt that Carmne held resentment towards Ana. Not only did Carmen hold resenment towards Ana, but she also did not want Ana to better herself in any aspects of her life. Carmen believed that Ana should stay at home to help support the family. By “support” Carmen believed that Ana should work in the sweatshop and not go away to school. Although I do not agree with this, it is very apparent that Carmen does not want Ana to go to school and work instead because that is all she knows.

    A quote that I felt that related to this problem was when Carmen said, “It’s a matter of principle. It’s not fair. I worked since I was 13 years old and Ana is 18 years old. Now it’s her turn.” I believe that Carmen said this because she felt it was not fair that Ana was not doing what she did throughout her life. Carmen felt that it was not fair for Ana to go away to school and not work as hard as she did. Throughout Carmen’s life she worked hard in order to support her family. Carmen believes that Ana should do that now and not take the “easy” way out.

  9. I think the most interesting and controversial topic of this film is when Ana gets accepted into Columbia University with a full scholarship to pursue her academic dreams, but her parent’s traditional views believe that she should stay back and help provide for the family. I can sympathize with Ana’s parents because they never went to college and their parents probably encouraged them to stay home and work and help the family as well. I don’t think her parents knew any better. But at the same time I don’t believe that someone being very traditional can completely block out the thought that maybe they should let their daughter pursue her passions and dreams in life.

    • stephaniegiannoutsos says:

      I agree that this part of the movie is very interesting and controversial. Many people in class were arguing that the reason why Ana’s family wasn’t okay with her going to school was because of the financial costs of college. Ana’s family was working class and obviously didn’t have enough to be able to send either of their daughters to school. However, if they still refused to let Ana go to school even when she got a full scholarship, this shows how different the old and new world values are. This was brought up in the reading when the author was talking about how the male characters (Ana’s father, grandfather, and teacher) were more supportive of the New World values such as letting her hangout with boys and accepting the importance of education. Ana’s mother, on the other hand, was completely set in her ways in the Old World values of working, getting married, and raising a family. This contrast was a struggle that Ana had to deal with, along with many other first generation Americans!

      • morgan radin says:

        The part of this discussion that I feel is being left out is the element of immigration. When someone makes the decision to leave their whole world behind them in order to pursue a new life they do this in the hopes they, and their families, will be better off. Every immigrant comes to the United States in some pursuit of the American dream. However, it seems that Ana’s mother does not feel quite so similarly in regards to Ana’s future. This is a very interesting conundrum to examine.

      • Adam Lang says:

        I think that Ana is “immigrating” in her own way. She is making a huge jump from her working class life on the west coast into the world of a prestigious university on the east coast. Leaving behind any life is hard and I’m sure that her parents had the same struggle. To be on the other side of the situation, and to realize what they may have put their friends and family back in Mexico through, must have been very difficult for her parents.

      • Lucia Parisi says:

        I thought it was interesting that her parents did not support her decision of going to college. I know a lot of people whose parents did not go to college, but then pushed their children to go to school and get an education. In a lot of Spanish households, parents are supportive of letting their kids go out and have a more improved life than themselves even if they have to work twice as hard to save up the money to make this a reality.

  10. sorlyz says:

    I was saddened by this movie. I was glad that Ana was trying to become her own person because I know how important the feeling of support is. I do not think that many of the things she did, I would have had the courage to do. With her mother constantly putting her down and giving her guilt trips, I was surprised that Ana was able to stand up and go off to school. I nearly cried when Ana was waiting outside her mother’s door waiting for her blessing. Putting myself in Ana’s shoes, I would have stayed home. There is no way I would be able to leave my mother without a hug and kiss let alone her blessing! On the other hand, I was glad that Ana wanted to go to school and create a better life for her and potentially go back to her family and help financially.

    • Adam Lang says:

      It must have taken a lot for Ana to leave without her mother’s blessing like that. Watching the movie, and seeing the odds she was up against, it made me wonder if I were in her shoes I would be able to do the same thing. It takes a lot of courage to do something you know is right, even if you aren’t being supported. I too think the movie did a great job of showing how strong Ana, and many like her, have to be to overcome the odds that are against them. Before watching this, I had never considered how hard it could be, and I took for granted the support my family gave me in going to college.

  11. Lindsey Honig says:

    Something that stood out to me from Real Women Have Curves was the response from Ana’s family when some of the women in the factory essentially quit their jobs. I would have expected the Garcias to show more anger than disappointment- not because I expected a fiery or hot-tempered reaction, but because they depended on the business just to make ends meet. One would especially predict a strong reaction from Carmen since she was so overly critical about Ana for even the smallest things. However, she embraced or at least did not really argue with their decision because one of the women was leaving to get married and move back to Mexico. This element of the plot shows that even in modern times (the film being from 2002), marriage and family took precedence over work for women. This does not seem to be a media stereotype (or actual trend in reality) only for Latinas; it is a cross-cultural phenomenon.

    Another aspect of the movie that I found to be interesting was the lack of intimacy between Carmen and Raul, Ana’s parents. Throughout the movie Mrs. Garcia says that the bottom line in life for a woman is to be a loving wife to her husband. However, other than perhaps one scene where Carmen is cooking a meal, she does not exemplify this. In fact, there are few scenes where the couple is even in the same room. This may have been done to highlight the most important relationship in the movie (mother-daughter). Or, perhaps, it shows how Carmen existed solely to produce offspring- Estela and Ana- on a more subconscious level. Carmen is the leading lady in her own eyes but in reality she is a cog in the machine of traditional values.

  12. Adam Lang says:

    I really like the message this this movie got across to its viewers, which is that everyone should feel good about their bodies. I really liked the scene where Ana and her coworkers learn that they all have insecurities about their bodies, but they should embrace them and love themselves anyways.

    What I didn’t like was the title. Although I do understand that women are bombarded by images and advertisements that tell them they have to be thin, is it any better to make a bold statement like “Real women have curves”? Some women are naturally thin, or not curvy at all. Does that make them any less real? I think a more inclusive title would have been a better fit for an otherwise outstanding movie. What do you guys think?

  13. The movie Real Women have Curves was truly moving. In my opinion it was a good example of Latinidad and Feminism. The turning point in the movie was the women decided to work in the “sweatshop” in their underwear. It was a victory for the women because they finally began to accept and embrace their bodies. Yet they were taking pride in their “flaws” versus pointing something that they were actually happy about. They also made it a point to make the other feel better by putting themselves down. Is that woman empowerment? I don’t think so. Yet the feministic part did come from her desire to become independent and educated.

    It was mentioned in the reading that Ana used English to assert her authority. I thought this was really interesting considering that her mother still tried to speak English even though it was effortful for her. Another thing that stood out to me, was that I didn’t understand the significance of the title. Ofcourse body image is a theme throughout but I don’t think it is as prevalent as Feminism. The movie should’ve been name “Doing me” or “Breaking Bounderies.” The weight insecurities were simply a way for Ana to express her rebellion towards soceitys expectations ofe her.

  14. Ernie Abreu says:

    This movie really depicts the relationship between what an ideal Latina should look like, and what a real Latina actually looks like. Ana is caught in the situation where she has been influenced by society as to what she should look like and tries to fit into those stereotypes imposed by society. Ana does not look like the ideal Latina, you know curvy and all that other stuff. But that does not mean that she is not a “real woman” as the title of the movie suggests. Her insecurities made her rebel against her family because she wanted to “fit in” and her mother wasn’t acceptable to that. This is another example of how the media influences the lives of young latina girls and force them to practice the stereotypes that is not true for all Latina women.

    I also liked the family conflicts in this movie. It has been often said that Latinos have strong family bonds, which is shown in this movie. Ana wanted to go away to college and her mother refused to allow this to happen mainly because she feared what would happen to Ana. As strong of family bonds that Latinos have, I do not see why should Latina women be so insecure about themselves. However, I would like to conclude that in a lot of cases, Latina woman are often stripped from their opportunities because of family issues. Latina woman have to worry about their household and their family before making a decision such as the one Ana was facing. Often times, the selfishness of our family stops us from advancing.

    • Skylar Smith says:

      The points you bring up are very excellent. This movie shows what a Latina looks like, not HOW a Latina should look like. She had a lot of insecurities but learned to accept them and to flaunt them. The media has begun to consume us and tell us what to think about everything. I like how you introduce a stereotype that has some trueness to it, like the strong family bonds Latinos actually do have, to an extent. It is important to realize what these stereotypes are so we do not become engulfed in them.

    • joserfigueroa says:

      I agree in a sense that a lot of Latin@’s often work around their families. Many members of the Latin community give up opportunities in order to stay close to their families and to support. I think this happens because older Latin@’s were forced to take care of the older members of the family. They do not understand that there is more to life and there is more that one can do by traveling and educating one’s self. I think that separates the older and newer generation. Movies like this bring awareness to that aspect of Latin@ culture and can potentially help the older members to realize the ways of the old weren’t necessarily beneficial.

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