Revista Estudos Feministas
Print version ISSN 0104-026X
GIACOMINI, Sonia Maria. Professional mulatas: race, gender and occupation. Rev. Estud. Fem. [online]. 2006, vol.14, n.1, pp. 85-101. ISSN 0104-026X. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0104-026X2006000100006.
Based on a research carried out with a group of black women enrolled in the II Course for Professional Formation of Mulatas, the article recovers and analyses the categories through which the students represent their condition of mulatta and their passing to the condition of professional mulata. The mulata, who represents and mediates a Brazilian way of being a woman, sensual and race-mixed, the professional mulata debates herself, permanently, between two poles which are both professional and moral: on the one hand, there is a positive pole, of being a dancer, on the other, there is a threatening and negative one, of being a prostitute.
Keywords : black women [profession]; sexuality; sexual and racial discrimination.