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Women’s movements mobilizing law in the struggle against Corporal Fascism
Jessica Carvalho Morris

Última alteração: 2019-04-04


Even though women’s rights have become a hegemonic concept, the world has not become a more equal or just world for women. The global rise of societal fascism constantly produces women as nonexistent and places them on the other side of the abyssal line. (SANTOS, 2007) Expanding on Boaventura de Sousa Santos’ five forms of societal fascism (SANTOS, 2014), this research advances the concept of corporal fascism which occurs when social actors through legal, financial or other forms of manipulation coerce, impose and/or physically control another party’s body against their will and/or interest threatening their life and livelihood.

In this project I will develop the concept of corporal fascism using as springboard women’s resistance experiences in Brazil and Argentina opposing the prohibition of abortion. In particular, I will focus on Argentina’s mass mobilization led primarily by social movements (thousands of people marching for the decriminalization of the law) and on Brazil’s mobilization of organized civil society (i.e. social movements, NGO’s, academics, political parties, etc. testifying before the STF), as examples of resistance to corporal fascism. In both cases, the demand is the same, the decriminalization of abortion, and both seek to use the law from a counter-hegemonic perspective as a means to combat this form of fascism (BUTLER, 2010). They are both “reinventing law to fit the normative claims of subaltern social groups and their movements and organizations struggling for alternatives to neo-liberal globalization” (SANTOS, 2002, p. 446).


Corporal fascism; Women’s movements; Counter-hegemonic law; Abortion; Human rights