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Explore the representation of gender in the films 'Bend it like Beckham' and 'Billy Elliot'

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Explore the representation of gender in the films 'Bend it like Beckham' and 'Billy Elliot' The society we live in today is full of stereotypes. Each job, sport, item of clothing carries and many more carries a certain stereotype. When people go against and challenge these stereotypes they are seen as strange and unconventional and can end up stuck with these stereotypes for life. In both films Billy Elliot and Bend it like Beckham we see stereotyping but in a different way in each one. In Billy Elliot we see a lot of stereotypes with the main ones being that boys shouldn't do ballet and if they do then they must be gay. In Bend it like Beckham we also see a lot of stereotyping, with the mains ones being that girls shouldn't play football and that all girl footballers are lesbians. In both films we see characters going about their lives trying to achieve what they want to do in life, but funding obstacles in their way because of society's prejudices. We see a variety of people with different views and how the main characters Billy and Jess, overcome these stereotypes and obstacles to do what they want and to change people's views on them. ...read more.

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Jules also gets seen as lesbian because she has her hair short, which normal girls shouldn't have, they should have long hair. So she gets stereotypes as being a lesbian because she has short hair. Another stereotype that we see in the film is that Indian boys aren't gay. We see this because Jess' friend Tony admits to Jess he is gay but can tell anyone, as it would be disrespectful for the family. This is shown as Jess goes' "but... but your Indian", showing that even she is shocked that he is gay. In the film you can tell that Indian family expectations are very high and are very rarely broken as this is disrespectful to the family, which is never acceptable. In both films characters other than the main ones also get stereotyped, but not in such an obvious way. For example the men in the park are shown as not very sensitive and do not understand women's feelings. This is highlighted in Bend it like Beckham where the only sensitive guy is Tony, and he's gay. This shows that young men are inconsiderable which is not true and it could be seen as insulting to young men. ...read more.

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Both of these cuts are showing what they should be doing with their culture but what they actually want to and are doing, showing how they are different from the normal trend in their cultures. Both films also use close up and long shots to show emotion and scenery that help to highlight the emotion again. Both films help to challenge stereotypes and prejudice. They shoe how the people in the film are not what are expected of those stereotypes they are 'normal'. They both show that you can achieve what you want even if everyone seems to be against you and sex, race doesn't matter. The films make you realise that stereotyping is wrong and in the films views are changed and after viewing them mine are as well. My views have only changed slightly a is know that girls play football and had stereotypes but I didn't know that Indian girls play football as I thought that they wouldn't as their parents would not allow it. Also I used to think that barely any working class boys do ballet a sit is mainly an upper class sport for boys but know I realise that anyone can do it if they want. Robert Luya 11GM ...read more.

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