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queefy
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The title of this movie says it better than the cover of any magazine ever does. "Real Women Have Curves" -- it's currently playing, and it's a film about body image that every girl should see.

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thisonecanbe
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Sounds pretty cool. Isn't it weird how the different body images that are accepted in society change throughout the years? (I.E. - In the Rennaisance, larger women were thought to be the most beautiful.)

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badly_behaved_badger
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Well, I feel that I have to be honest here and say that the title suggests 'better body image at someone elses expense' I'll explain. While I'm all for loving your body and trying to stop society's unrealistic expectations of how we should look, both men and women, saying that 'real women have curves' kinda suggests that if a woman doesn't have curves, she is somehow inferior or not a real woman.

I also want to say that I know this is just the title of a film and not something to get my knickers in a twist about, but having been accused of being 'not a real woman' (not because of a lack of curves, but because I am less 'feminine' than other girls) I know how much it hurts to be put down like that. An 'us and them' situation happens. Perhaps a better title would have been 'Real women come in different sizes' but that starts sounding like a commercial, no?

That said, the film is probably great and I'm not going to knock it before I've seen it
*Badger*

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Milke
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Methinks I'll send this over to Sexual Literacy.

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queefy
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Hi badger,

I totally understand what you're saying. I suppose the title is a little limiting -- the movie really is more about accepting yourself no matter what shape and size you are. Although I gotta admit the title probably sounds catchier and gets the film more attention, more so than a longer "equal for all" type of title ;-p

I just think it's refreshing to see a film about an overweight and beautiful Latina girl, and without delivering the usual bad ethnic stereotypes. It's also lacks the compulsive eating and disrespectful fat jokes usually found in movies with an important overweight character. It's just sooo different from any other movie I've seen recently -- you gotta see it if you can :-)


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Gumdrop Girl
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I watched it, and y'know what? It wasn't great. It was cliche and predictable. I liked its sincerity, and how it portrayed her relationship with that boy, but really, there was a big thing that pissed me off about it -- I hated how she disrespected her mama in the movie. That made the movie pretty unwatchable for me. I mean, it could have been resolved with compromise. If it was important to stay and take care of her family, then why could she not have gone to college near home? She lived in Los Angeles for pete's sake! she could've easily gotten a full scholarship to UCLA or USC. It's not like she lived in a run-down bordertown where her schooling options would've been nil.

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