Hashtag Feminism and Sexual Violence in Brazil: An Anthropological Approach

Hashtag Feminism and Sexual Violence in Brazil: An Anthropological Approach
21 March 2019, 5.30pm - 7.30pm
Room 333, UCL Rockefeller Building, 21 University Street

Prof. Heloisa Buarque de Almeida, University of São Paulo and LSE

Definitions of what violence is are related to gendered sexual moralities, notions of sexual intercourse, personhood and rights. This work reflects on internet and social network campaigns against sexual harassment and sexual violence, when they reached first alternative and then mainstream commercial media in Brazil in 2015. Feminist campaigns and social movements tried to change what they named as “rape culture” through images and narratives of the self, searching for voice and recognition. They did so in a media context that, although it seemed hypersexualized, could be described as “post-feminist”. They were part of a larger struggle that has been able to launch in 2018 a new law on harassment. Nevertheless, at the same time, there is an ascension of far-right hyper-masculine representations and political agents that classifies such acts of violence as mere sex, and Bolsonaro’s government is already demolishing public policies and facilities that deal with violence against women and attend victims.

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