The advent of the feminist movement in the twentieth century made it possible for socially organized women to begin seeking for the recognition of their rights and the change of gender roles which were socially built. Women’s rights started to be recognized as a human right. However, criteria of race and class have always been relevant, and have provided privileged positions for white women in the pursuit and attainment of rights, while black women continue to be stigmatized, remaining in the base of the social pyramid. In this regard, this paper questions: What is the relation between feminism and the cultural manifestation of samba in Rio de Janeiro in the conquering of women’s emancipation these days? This study investigates the relationship between feminism and samba from the Discourse Analysis of the samba lyrics "Abayomi", composed by the women from the ÉPreta project, released in their album in 2017. It seeks to identify the knowledge about human rights produced from the emancipatory cultural processes led by black women samba singers, who use the samba sung and composed by them as a tool for emancipation in human rights and for democracy today. Monica Graciela Zoppi-Fontana’s work was used as a theoretical reference. In her studies, the author analyzes the discourse from the categories of the French matrix Discourse Analysis, but she adds the categories of gender and race, especially when discussing the place from where these women speak and how these bodies’ markers, gender and race, provide a determining context in their discourses.
Dürks Cassol, Paula
""Abayomi, we are the revolution": Women's Rights and Samba at Rio de Janeiro,"
Journal of International Women's Studies: Vol. 24:
1, Article 4.
Available at: https://vc.bridgew.edu/jiws/vol24/iss1/4