chicano st 1C selena essay

chicano st 1C selena essay - Feb 27 2007 Marisa and Selena...

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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. The movie “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
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her father originally taught her. Both Selena, and Marisa who face very similar problems but at different extents, find ways to show their agency, make their own decisions and abide by them, to fight against their fathers’ patriarchal ways and escape the restrictions put upon them to finally express who they really are. I was never told so strictly how to look and what to wear the way Marisa was by her father. He expected almost the impossible from her and her sister. Marisa stated, “We were expected to be skinny, have long hair and wear clothes that showed our womanliness. Yet, we had to carry this off in a way that let men know we were
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course CH ST 1c taught by Professor Barbosa during the Winter '07 term at UCSB.

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