Laughter Out of Place: Chapter 6-7

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1. Chaper 6: Partial Truths, or the Carnivalization of Desire

1.1. Sexuality (in the context of local culture)

1.1.1. Machismo

1.1.1.1. Felicidade Eterna

1.1.1.2. Naturalized and normalized within the flow of everyday life

1.1.1.3. Men and women both participate

1.2. Discourses of sex-positiveness

1.2.1. Sex used as a metaphor in their language and social life

1.2.1.1. Sexual joking and teasing

1.2.2. O Amor Natural (1996)

1.2.2.1. Serves as a monument to brasilidade

1.3. Enthnography: local sexual culture in Felicidade Eterna

1.3.1. Male dominant sexual hierarchy

1.3.1.1. Women try to subvert using their own sexuality to provide them with some power over men.

1.3.2. gender power relations

1.3.2.1. Gendered social control

1.3.2.1.1. Sex and sexuality being used as a social tool

1.3.3. Eating metaphors

1.3.3.1. Men as eaters

1.3.3.2. Women as the ones being eaten

1.3.3.3. Can explain how women conquered men and transformed him into a provider for herself rather than only a consumer of her body.

1.3.3.3.1. Seductive capabilities that women possess

1.3.4. Sexual relationships being used as an economic commodity more than a personal and emotional connection.

1.4. From boys to men: Normative Masculinization and heterosexuality

1.4.1. The existence of class-specific regimes of sexuality

1.4.1.1. Working class

1.4.1.1.1. Considered unhealthy for a man to go a long period of time without having sex

1.4.2. Young boys are encouraged to become sexual seducers

1.4.2.1. The ability to seduce is an important factor for men

1.4.3. cultural dissonance between younger and older women in Felicidade Eterna

1.4.3.1. Older women: mourned the loss of their virginity. A loss of innocence and a violent female rite of passage

1.4.3.2. Younger women; the ideal of virginity was waning and feared being labeled a "bad women" for the amount (or lack) of participation in sexual acts

1.5. Sacanagem

1.5.1. Links notions of aggression and hostility, play and amusement, sexual excitement and erotic practice in a single symbolic complex

1.5.2. Can be perceived as good or bad

2. Chapter 7: What's So Funny about Rape?

2.1. Battling mothers and daughters

2.1.1. "Coming of age"

2.1.1.1. Losing your virginity meant you can get kicked out of your mother's house and live on the street

2.1.2. Humor between the two parties being used as a weapon

2.1.2.1. "talking too much"

2.1.2.2. Venting of anger

2.1.2.3. Way of accepting information or opinion of the other party

2.1.2.4. Coping mechanism

2.1.3. Pregnancy from rape vs pregnancy from a lover

2.1.3.1. One is the start of a family while the other is a child without a known (or wanted) father

2.1.3.2. Culture is critical on teen pregnancy

2.1.3.3. A man has an obligation to financially support his family

2.2. The legal universe and rape

2.2.1. There's a high distrust of the police

2.2.1.1. Unlikely heinous crimes like rape ever get reported

2.2.2. Large hindrance on hearing the perspective of impoverished, lower class women in a legal setting

2.2.2.1. Anachronistic legal codes

2.2.2.1.1. Class

2.2.2.1.2. Race

2.2.2.1.3. Gender

2.2.2.1.4. Sexuality

2.2.3. Dominant classes altering the legal system in their favor

2.2.4. Honor

2.2.4.1. "defense of honor"

2.2.4.1.1. Justification for killing your wife

2.2.4.2. Female honor

2.2.4.2.1. Virginity plays a major factor

2.2.4.2.2. What constitutes an "honest" woman

2.3. A black humored response

2.3.1. Taste

2.3.1.1. Not a neutral concept

2.3.1.2. "Bad taste"

2.3.1.2.1. Laughter being the only option left due to injustices in the legal and social systems

2.3.2. Humor in context within its own relations with class, gender, race, and sexuality