Body Parts on Planet Slum: Women and Telenovelas in Brazil by Lisa Beljuli Brown

By Lisa Beljuli Brown

Based on a year’s learn from inside a Brazilian slum, this learn follows a chain of unemployed girls who watch as much as six hours of telenovelas an afternoon, usually in the course of laborious actual labour in the house. the ladies endure when it comes to their our bodies, yet concurrently put money into a masochistic glorification of affliction that hyperlinks their lives to the cleaning soap operas, revealing traumatic valuations of the feminine physique that traverse truth and fiction. via its exploration of this day-by-day integration of genuine soreness and fictional glamour and wealth, ‘Body components on Planet Slum’ finds how myth and social exclusion can jointly result in a sort of mental survivalism, permitting those ladies to reconfigure the important beneficial properties in their life – their affliction, excitement, sexuality and embodiment.

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Francisca’s son Nego lies naked on the bed in the windowless room. He is just waking and begins to cry and to scramble up from the mattress. The noise is drowned out by the television. Rosane and Francisca squint as they emerge from the dark interior of the house into the glaring sunshine. They are going down the road to pick up their children from the crèche that is run by the local Catholic church. Around 2:30 the next day, Francisca is watching Globo’s afternoon telenovela. She has been watching telenovelas since she came to Jardim Cruzeiro when she was 13 – almost five years ago.

However, this is not reflected in official statistics, as the majority of women who work as domestics do so unofficially (sem carteira). Younger women often find unofficial employment as childminders (babás) for middle-class families. Men find various manual odd jobs. They say that they ‘faz biscate’, which means finding any employment, from being a servant (servente) on a construction site 7 The minimum wage was first introduced under the Vargas administration in 1940. It is now the standard way of thinking and talking about wages at both the government and local level.

Se Deus Quiser (God Willing) One night in October 1999, after I had been involved with the Association for about three months, Tania took me into the depths of Santa Cruz to meet Nilzete, a woman who watches telenovelas for six hours per day. We wound through pitch-black alleyways scattered everywhere with puddles of water. Our path was vaguely lit by the flickering of television sets coming from the cracks of the simple brick and scrap-wood houses. We were accompanied by the sound track of TV Globo’s new telenovela, Terra Nostra (Our Land).

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