“We’re Beautiful, Powerful & Political”: Brazil’s Feminists Are Taking On The Olympics
If one thing is clear, it’s that Brazilian women are no longer a silent army. Yes, we are beautiful, powerful, and political, but we are ready to blow the whistle on you, too.
Do you remember the crowd protesting against the World Cup in Brazil in 2014? Well, I was one of them. I was truly enraged by the way the Brazilian government spent money on things that were more cosmetic than long-term improvements to be enjoyed by the Brazilian people, such as solid public transportation and improvements to public hospitals. I was terrified with the rise in child sexual exploitation and the forced removals of poor people. I was mad with the way we were marketing Brazilian women as sexual objects. But this year, I am facing the Olympic Games with a different perspective and I will tell you why: We, Brazilian women, are planning to make this a feminist Olympics!
During the World Cup, the amount of harassment I faced in the streets tripled.
We can't fight sexual exploitation of underage girls without fighting poverty, as well.
Brazilian women are no longer a silent army.