Constructing Crimes and Engendering a Contradictory Citizenship

  • Cecília MacDowell Santos


This is how the evening television show Globo Repórter, produced by the Brazilian television network Rede Globo, introduced the issue of “violence against women” in 1990. Among other things, this show illustrated that by July of 1990—just a decade after feminists began mobilizing over the criminalization of violence against women, and only five years after the launching of the first women’s police station—violence against women had become publicly recognized as a crime committed by men against women. This recognition represented an unprecedented cultural transformation regarding the public perception of violence against women in Brazilian society, where “so many men,” as Globo Repórter stated, “still think that they own their female partners.”


Police Station Police Officer Sexual Harassment Racial Discrimination Prison Sentence 
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