I watched the movie “Real Women Have Curves.” This movie was directed by Patricia Cardoso a female Columbian-American filmmaker. I really enjoyed this movie and I think it did a great job at portraying the life of a traditional Mexican-American young woman. Although the movie was released in 2002 I think that not much has changed being raised in a Mexican-American home being raised in one myself. I am very proud of the principles and values my family raised me on. I also think that Ana, the female protagonist, demonstrates how she is oppressed by her own family, in particular, her mother. Ana received a full scholarship to Columbia University but her mother does not want her to go because she believes that her place is sewing in her sister’s factory. Ana’s mother also believes that she needs to learn how to cook and clean so that Ana can have to more to offer to a potential husband. In one scene in the factory one of Ana’s co-workers says to her, “Ana, men do not like women that want to learn and know things”. Ana feels as though she is being denied the opportunity to pursue her education and dreams by the women that she is surrounded by including her mother, sister, and the women she works with. It is difficult for Ana to decide whether she wants to pursue her dreams because even though she does not agree with her mother she still loves and respects her and does not want to hurt her.
I related this movie to Lorde’s work, “Age, Sex, and Class.” While the circumstances are not the same thing, Lorde refers to the pain African American women suffer and how it sometimes leads to oppression and assault, even by African American men. This is especially difficult because the oppression comes from the men they love, their own people. This same oppression Ana experiences by her own mother, another woman just her like her. In the story of “Desiree’s Baby,” the woman expresses her relief that her husband is in a better mood since the birth of their child and it seems as though her happiness is irrelevant and dependent on that of her husband’s. This is precisely what Ana is trying to avoid, she wants to find her own happiness on her terms.