Redefining Women in Brazil
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The paper discusses how the feminist movement in Brazil can be seen as a direct refutation of the strict patriarchal society that was established by the previous social and moral dogma of the country. The paper refers to the book "Brazilian Women Speak" and looks at how Daphne Patai describes interviews with Brazilian woman in the early 1980s that tell, both explicitly and between the lines, the story of the feminist struggle in Brazil in the latter half of the twentieth century. The paper posits that the uniqueness of the Brazilian feminist movement makes it especially worthy of study.
From the Paper:"In her book "Brazilian Women Speak", Daphne Patai has collected and edited many of her interviews with Brazilian woman in the early 1980s that tell, both explicitly and between the lines, the story of the feminist struggle in Brazil in the latter half of the twentieth century. The women interviewed by Patai do not al come from the same background, have not had the same experiences, and do not necessarily have the same perspectives and opinions. The commonalities that do exist among these women (at least insofar as they appear through Patai's interviews), however, clearly reveal the patriarchal structure against which many Brazilian women rebelled, and the increasing prominence of their position in a society trying to silence them.
"These interviews are not all, or even mostly, explicitly about the feminist movement. But even the most basic reading of some of the simplest statements made by the women in these interviews shows the highly subjugated roles of women in traditional Brazilian women and their subsumed senses of their own identity. For instance, the woman identified as Carolina recalls her conflicting feelings regarding feminine dependence on men for purposes of money and a livelihood: "I never worked to support myself. I never wanted to. I didn't mind depending on my father and mother, but not on anyone else. Not even on this boy I loved" (Patai 66)."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Patai, Daphne. Brazilian Women Speak. New York: Rutgers University Press, 1988.
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