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The Republic of Women : Notes Towards a Critical Assessment

By Mariela Méndez


The largest changefor us in a qualitative one, to learn how to think of power in feminine terms, without resorting to masculine codes, 1 concludes a participant in The Republic of Women, a year-long project aimed at raising consciousness around gender issues among women engaged in political and unionist activities in contemporary Argentina. Comments of a similar nature abound in the discussion sessions following the screening of Salt of the Earth, a 1953 American film about the plight of Mexican workers that helped the project\u27s organizers foster a critical dialogue around gender constraints within different Argentinean organizations (Catton Alvarez and Alonso Davila 53). The female protagonist-Esperanza\u27s on-screen transformation as she manages to make her private demands heard in the public sphere aids the women in the project to gain awareness about such constraints and imagine possible strategies for subverting them

Topics: Latin American and Iberian studies, gender, social participation, Latin American Languages and Societies, Spanish and Portuguese Language and Literature
Publisher: UR Scholarship Repository
Year: 2005
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