Grise relates to the audience with another dose of humor when she attempts to suck in her panza to fit into a pair of jeans. Alas, after all the jumping and tugging to fit into the jeans, Grise faces her biggest challenge: the roll of flesh bulging out from the zipper. Here, handy dandy pliers are brought to the rescue. She uses them to pull up the zipper and then victoriously stuffs the panza into her pants. This triumphant moment reveals women’s obsession with controlling and literally constraining the body so as to succumb to the hourglass figure young women are conditioned to unquestionably admire.

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Copyright © 2011 Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social. This article first appeared in Chicana/Latina Studies: The Journal of Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social 10:2 (2011), 206-211.

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