Bend It Like Beckham Essay

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Bianca Caldas
Ms. Coniglio
ENG 3U
February 22nd, 2013

Gender inequality vs. Culture issues
In the movie “Bend it Like Beckham”, Jesminder’s family is living in a world full of injustices. The fact that they are immigrants living in England challenges them to fit in the community. Not only they suffer from culture discrimination and gender inequality but throughout the movie her father, Mr.Bhamra also feels rejected by not being able to play cricket due to these consequences. At at the end they realize that racist and close-minded individuals are everywhere and if you desire to be a star, you do not have to accept anybody’s negative opinions but alternately put in the effort yourselves.

When moving to another country, culture impact is what shocks families the most. In this case, Mr. Bhamra does not get accepted into a sports team because the way he presents himself, dressing differently from the norm, and the coaches do that welcome that. Due to this past experience that took place when he first came to the country, he closes many doors to his daughter, Jess, by not letting her go to practices, being on his wife’s side and thinking that he is only doing that to protect her from getting rejected and influencing her to profound her Indian culture values. This turns out to be a very difficult situation for Jesminder to handle because without her father’s support, she might end up being a failure.

People say that gender stratification is not a common treatment amongst individuals anymore. But in the film, Jess’ father prohibits her from playing soccer because he assumes that it is not a sport for females, and that she will end up obtaining rejection from coaches and friends, just like he did as a teenager. Also because his wife acquaints him with false information stating that Jesminder’s sexuality would change, which results frightening him and causes him to restrain her from the activity completely. Jess accepts this in a very harsh way but does not...
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