Maassai, mulatas and hookers: images of female sexuality in 1920's Rio de Janeiro

The 1920s were characterized in the cultural context by male anxieties: elite and middle-class men seemed to be seriously concerned about an "invasion" of the public space by women. This article studies the response of these men to the phenomena, emphasizing especially the extreme sexualization attributed by these contemporaries to young women and the comparisons made of their behaviors and the behavior of hookers, Afro-Brazilian and "savage" women.

Gender; Race; Sexuality; Modernity


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