Analysis Of Josefina Lo ĂĹ Pez 's Real Women Have Curves And Reyna Grande 's Across A Hundred Mountains

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By analyzing the economic and social conditions depicted in Josefina López’s Real Women Have Curves and Reyna Grande’s Across a Hundred Mountains we can gain insight into how economic systems like neoliberalism have shaped and continue to shape the lives of Mexican and Chicana women. López writes about undocumented Chicana workers living in East LA in the mid to late nineteen eighties, a time when the United States was transitioning into the late capitalist system of neoliberalism. Grande, on the other hand, focuses on an impoverished rural family suffering under the economic conditions in Mexico at around the same time, and of the wave of immigration into the Unites States that followed the economic crisis of 1982. Overall, the two stories illuminate the effects of economic systems on immigrant women of color, as Ana of Real Women Have Curves who suffers weight discrimination due to her full-figure, performs underpaid physical labor and strives towards a bright future; and Juana of Across a Hundred Mountains, whose body is shaped by hunger, uses sexual labor in attempt to put to rest her past trauma. Economic conditions shape the bodies of these two young protagonists. Ana and the women she works with are working-class Chicanas who are dealing with impossible Eurocentric beauty standards maintained by neoliberalism, which dictate that, in order to be beautiful, women must be thin. This issue is compounded by the fact that these women of color are constantly reminded…

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