The Issues Of Culture And Gender In Bend It Like Beckham

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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 wearing traditional
Indian clothing. Indian music is played throughout the film. Giving
the feeling that Jess lives within a family with strong Indian
beliefs. It is plain from the beginning and throughout the film Jess
and her sister have different ideas how young women should behave,
compared to her parent who have strong Indian beliefs. This is often
causes conflict in the form of arguments, an example of this is when
Jesses mother does not want her play football she wants her to behave
like a real Indian lady. By this is meant be a typical Indian
housewife, looking after the children and her Indian husband. In
addition to this Jess argues with her mother about her clothes, her
mother wants her to wear more traditional clothing, however Jess wants
to wear sports clothes. Jules and her mother both have different ideas
to how a young woman should act as well. Her mother thinks she should
wear make up and dress up. On the other hand Jules wants to wear sport
clothes like Jess, plus Jules’s dad encouraging her to play football.
Jules mother wants her to get a boy friend and she is scared that she
won’t with bigger muscles than him. 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.

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