Feb. 27, 2007
Marisa and Selena Against the Patriarchal Father
Growing up as a girl usually means having more restrictions and rules to follow,
being watched more, and treated differently than boys. Being a chicana in this case,
usually means that these rules and aspects of being a girl are even more prominently seen.
These patriarchal laws, restrictions and rules to be a certain way, on chicanas are set by
their fathers who tend to be the head of the house. They give their daughters curfews, tell
them how to dress, who they can talk and see, and how to act, around males specially,
because they “know what’s best” and they can’t have their family name dishonored.
However, fathers don’t always know what is really best for their daughters, but being the
way they are, they don’t allow them to explore any other way other than theirs. Chicanas
are left with nothing but to hopefully find the agency and guts to rebel against their own
fathers and finally express the way they feel a woman should be represented.
“Selena” and the short narrative “Becoming La Mujer”, by Marisa Navarro, clearly
portray this. In “Selena”, we see a young girl growing up in a band who always has to
follow what her father says. One day however, after being fed up and realizing that he
cant always tell her how be forever, even more so how to feel, she finally puts her foot
down and marries a man she loves, but whom her father does not first approve of or
thinks is worthy enough for her. In “La Mujer”, we see Marisa, also a young girl,
growing up with fear towards her actions after seeing what the consequences of going out
of her fathers say can be like, and hatred towards her own body and men because of his
restrictions. She does finally move away from that, however, when she moves away from
her father into college and discovers that there is more to her own life as a woman than