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The Brazilian Mulata

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Sophie Crole

on 2 September 2013

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Transcript of The Brazilian Mulata

South American Societies: Modern identities in Brazil

Investigation on the Brazilian female identity and different ways in which the image of the Mulata is represented.

Based on results from a Qualitative Survey with mostly women participants and different authors theories.

A former positive image of the Mulata
Current image of the Mulata
A more negative, deteriorated image

The shifting of Brazilian men's ideal from the 'Mulata' to the 'Blonde' woman
-Americanization of the nation
-Brunettes are not considered as desirable
-Mulatas compete for the spotlight
-"The mulata is not valued in Brazil."
-Imposed sexual identity
By: Jennifer J. Manthei

Victoria Glover, Sophie Crole,
Sally Agren, Eva Biezunski

Presentation by:
Short historical overview
Immigration: colonial period and slavery

Creation of the Mulata

Racial democracy

Former image of the Mulata
A Mulata as a symbol of gathering the nation

- The 1930´s: The need of a new symbol
- Gilber Freyrer: Miscegenation
- Long established construction bund together with a new discourse
- Product and proof of Brazil´s “racial democracy”.
- The mulata as symbol that varies over and within time

Current view of the Mulata
As a consumer product
- tourism

"tourists really go after Mulata"

- depersonalised image

- A Mulata is a Brazilian female of both African and European heritage

- Cultural icon due to literature

- Heat, sensuality and beauty became associated with the image of the Mulata

- Teofilo suggested that she is seductress - most desired of races

The Brazilian Mulata: A Wood for All Works
The image of the Brazilian Mulata was used to create a new identity for Brazil to gather the population but is now seen as a symbol of tourism.

Her image has been imposed by literature in the 20th century and media today. The Mulata symbol is versatile and varies over time depending on the society.

The text shows different opinions and representations of the Mulata but there are differences in opinion between the participants on the racism of Brazil

example of a Mulata
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