Chapter 7: WHAT'S SO FUNNY ABOUT RAPE?

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Chapter 7: WHAT'S SO FUNNY ABOUT RAPE? by Mind Map: Chapter 7: WHAT'S SO FUNNY ABOUT RAPE?

1. AN EVENING OF TERROR IN DUQUE DE CAXIAS

1.1. Two men came into Gloria's house claiming to look for Cesar a rival gang member

1.2. Singled out Anita (Gloria's daughter) and Claudia (Gloria's niece)

1.3. When they found out Cesar was not there they decided to rape the two girls

1.3.1. Claudia was a virgin and screamed loudly during the rape

1.3.2. Anita was not a virgin at the time

1.3.2.1. Screamed like Claudia did so that Gloria did not know she was sexually active

1.3.2.2. She became pregnant after the rape but it was not from the two men but from her boyfriend (Gabriel)

1.3.2.2.1. Gloria wanted Anita to get an abortion

1.3.2.2.2. Gloria told the story of the rape as a way to cope with her daughters teenage pregnancy

1.4. Telling of the rape story allows women to deal with sexuality, violence, and female victimization

2. BATTLING MOTHERS AND DAUGHTERS

3. A NOTE ON THE LEGAL UNIVERSE AND RAPE

3.1. Women use humor to deal with rape: "a show of laughter through tears."

3.2. Distrust and fear of police, unlikely people report crimes (even rape) to the authorities

3.3. Women become violent in these situations but also laugh (darkly) about the situation

4. BLACK HUMOR AS THE ONLY RESPONSE

4.1. Humor can only be understood in it's place

4.1.1. Place is because of the circumstances of class, gender, race, and sexuality

4.2. Can be see as bad humor but it is just a way for people to deal with the crazy situations that are thrown at them

5. CONCLUSIONS

5.1. Humor "laughter out of place" can be a unique window into how poor work women in shantytowns of Rio can understand and experience their lives

5.1.1. A daily structure of class, race, gender, sexuality, and violence in Felicidade Eterna

5.1.1.1. Masks and reveals the hierarchies

5.2. Ethnographic context:

5.2.1. Not only the ideational systems but the power relationships

5.2.2. Ask the question: "What is to be done?"

5.3. Gloria's Children:

5.3.1. 12 of 14 are working "honest" jobs (earning little but surviving)

5.3.1.1. Only 2 "went bad" as Gloria would say it

5.4. Gangs:

5.4.1. Provide economic benefits

5.4.2. Provide an alternative native rule of law in impoverish neighborhoods

5.5. Brazil:

5.5.1. Currently experiencing a moment of democratic institutions but there is great optimism

5.6. Gloria:

5.6.1. Moved her family away form the house where the rape happened, in fear that the two men will return

5.6.1.1. Never reported the rape or the robbery to the police

5.6.1.2. Demanded revenge to the men through a local gang

5.6.1.3. Vowed that she wouldn't rest until, "the two men who had done sacanagem to her daughters were in their graves."

5.6.1.3.1. News came that one man had died violently in a local gang war and all of the women were delighted