Start behaving like a proper woman!" (Chadha, 2003). Jules' mother says to her, "No boy's gonna go out with a girl who's got bigger muscles than him!" The mothers share the belief that women should concentrate on attracting a husband, rather than spend time playing sports.
The topic of homosexuality is also included in the film. The reactions of the characters show how British culture and Indian Culture view homosexuality in a similar way. Jules' mother misunderstands an embrace between Jules' and Jess, and assumes that the two are lesbians. Jules' mother is clearly upset by the idea of her daughter dating another woman. Near the end of the movie, when Jules' finds out that her mother thinks she is dating Jess, she exclaims, "Mother, just because I wear trackies and play sport does not make me a lesbian!" The mothers misperception also shows that female athletes can be stereotyped as homosexual. In Indian culture, the Manu Smriti, the oldest code of conduct in India, states the homosexuality is punishable (Olivelle, 2004). This explains why Jess' friend Tony does not want to come out to his family. Jess actually says, "but you're Indian!" when Tony reveals to her that he is gay. Although homosexuality does exist in the Indian culture, it is not accepted or spoken about. When Jules' mom calls Jess a lesbian in front of her family, the older women have no idea what she is talking about.