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The Changes of the Situation of Women as Presented in Three Cuban FilmsThe Cuban revolution has brought about great change for women Prior to Castros reign women mainly had lives that revolved around the household and very few had professional jobs Also they were traditionally seen as subordinate to men in political and social situations Gradually women became more active outside of the household and started to participate in revolutionary pursuits as well as take care of the family Along with the revolutionary ideals of social equality in Cuba came a strong womens rights movement a struggle against the historical structures of machismo Although much has been accomplished to better the gender discrimination and sexism women in Cuba are still in a situation where they have to sacrifice themselves As we see in three films from throughout the post-revolutionary period the situation has changed but not improved for the women of Cuba In Mihail Kalatozovs 1964 film I am Cuba the second vignette comments most about the situation of women There are many shots of scantily clad women that suggest the importance of physical beauty The story begins in at a hotel with Cuban women participating in a bathing suit contest while rich tourists watch The viewer already notices how the Cuban women are being degraded for the satisfaction of the Americans As the story progresses we see the protagonist Maria get proposed to something that does not make her very happy It seems as if she would rather work and be single than the wife of a revolutionary Next in the nightclub Maria or now named Betty to be more American is introduced to some American men who like her for her beauty We know that she is highly sexualized by the portrait one of them draws of her that is really a picture of a breast While she is dancing with the men we get to see Marias emotional state She is frantically
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