Modern mother: sporting and strong

Maria Simone Vione Schwengber About the author

The present research discussed some of the ways that different discourses, from medicine to physical education, have invested on the pregnant body. To carry out this discussion, I have examined the Pais & Filhos magazine, published from 1968 to 2004, using methodological strategies of discourse analysis. I have attempted to show that alternative, sports and fitness body practices in the magazine have been constituted as an important elements of a "self-care" discourse, mainly when they produce different positions of a caring mother-subject (that one that takes care of others and of herself), prepared, athletic, strong.

Pregnant body; Gender; Body practices; Motherhood; Media


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