Revista Estudos Feministas
versión impresa ISSN 0104-026X
ADELMAN, Miriam. Women in the equestrian world: forging corporalities and subjectivities. Rev. Estud. Fem. [online]. 2011, vol.19, n.3, pp. 931-954. ISSN 0104-026X. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0104-026X2011000300015.
As of the end of the 19th century, sporting practices became the terrain of intense symbolic and material struggles over the definition of femininity - over "what a woman is" and over what women could or should do with their bodies. For over a decade now, I have been conducting research on women in the world of equestrian sport in Brazil. This paper presents a synthesis of my research, looking at different groups of horsewomen: an initial group were women from the elite world of show jumping; a second group, women jockeys who have struggled to find a niche within the still very masculine world of the turf and finally, my most recent endeavor, a look at women who participate in the popular Brazilian milieu of the rodeo. Through collecting women's testimonies and engaging in ethnographic research employing interactionist methodologies, I seek to understand how these women construct their identities, how they deal with milieu that continue to be largely male and how, within these contexts, they develop self-affirming strategies. It is my contention that, notwithstanding the normative pressures and cultural and/or material obstacles they face, these women, through their ways of being and acting, present a challenge to conventional modes of feminine corporality/subjectivity.
Palabras llave : Horsewomen; Equestrian Sport; Homosociality; Brazil; Gender Relations; Identities.