Can a misogynistic country have a female president? Brazil proves that the answer is yes. More than three years into the administration of President Dilma Rousseff, not much has changed for Brazilian women. Feminism is still often viewed as ridiculous extremism. Misogyny is rationalized or dismissed as irony, while rape is trivialized, or even excused.
A few years ago, a famous Brazilian comedian joked about the ugliness of victims of rape he saw protesting on the streets. “Why are you complaining?” he asked. “The men who did this don’t deserve to be imprisoned, but hugged.”
Some claimed it was just a joke, but it clearly revealed what Brazilians think about that topic: Come on, men and women are equal now; there’s no need to make such a fuss.
Only that’s still very far from the truth. According to a recent survey by the Institute for Applied Economic Research, 26 percent of Brazilians agree that women who wear revealing clothes deserve to be assaulted. In the same poll, 59 percent said they thought that there would be fewer rapes if women knew how to behave.
Read more here, and let me invite you to join me in praying about the plight of women in Brazil.