Feminist Nana Queiroz is done with sexism in Brazil.
Feminist Nana Queiroz is done with sexism in Brazil. And just like she did at the World Cup in Brazil in 2014, she’s taking her fight to the street.
The Inmates Who menstruate author described in an essay for Refinery29 how her and her fellow feminists are turning this year’s Rio Olympics into the “Women’s Spring.”
“For two years, Brazilians have been watching the growth of a movement that’s being dubbed by experts and the media as the country’s “Women’s Spring.” Just as the Arab Spring happened in the Middle East, this wave is led by young people, was born on the internet, and then spread to the real world.
Suddenly, Brazilian women realized they were oppressed and started using social media to organize. Hashtags such as #MyFirstHarassment and #IDon’tDeserveToBeRaped went viral from one day to the next. Protests in the streets, whether with feminist demands or not, were led by women. Even school girls started demanding uniforms equal to the ones that boys wore. We became a political group to be feared and listened to.”
Additionally, she added that she wanted female tourists to be aware of the strong culture of rape in Brazil and wanted to make sure they were prepared when attending the Olympic games.
“Visitors looking for sexual tourism should be aware: During this year’s Carnival, for example,174% more women went to the police with harassment reports than after 2015’s event. Brazilian women are finally growing tired of the old stereotypes that say they are beautiful, sexy, easy, available, and not very full of will.
Now, women can cry out against violence by dialing just three numbers on their phone: 180 — Dial 180 is a hotline created only for women — or else by using an app. Activists expect the same to happen during the Olympics: Anyone who goes too far in their pursuit of sex (or in their pursuit of sexual violence, as is unfortunately often the case) has a strong chance of getting in trouble with the police — or, at the very least, getting a slap in the face.”
And now Nana is ready to put a stop to it all. She, as well as the other Brazilian feminists, are done with putting up with sexists, rapists, and “macho” men.
“If one thing is clear, it’s that Brazilian women are no longer a silent army. Our first mission? Let everyone know that abuse will not go unpunished. Yes, we are beautiful, powerful, and political, but we are ready to blow the whistle on you, too.”
Lena Finkel is the Editor and Founder of Femestella. Prior to starting Femestella, she worked at People, InStyle, and Tiger Beat. Her favorite Housewife is Bethenny Frankel and when she’s not watching RHONY, you can probably find her obsessing over her tuxedo cat Tom or hoarding drugstore lipsticks.