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A mulher ideal dos tempos fascistas
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A mulher ideal dos tempos fascistas

26 de Janeiro de 2005

This is one of the statues that adorns the front of the National Library in Lisbon. This, apparently, was the Salazar regime's idea of what the perfect Portuguese woman should look like. Knowing a little about the Salazar regime's attitude towards women in general, I was initially confused about the signal this image was giving. Salazar, who was, apparently, a bit of a lady's man, never married, and from the minute he took control of Portugal's destiny in 1928 to the day he died in 1970, he shared a house with his housemaid - the indomitable Maria - he even went so far as to adopt her orphaned nephew and niece, raising them as his own. Inevitably there were rumours that Maria was more than just his maid. Following his stroke in 1968, the bedridden Salazar was protected by Maria, who decided who was allowed to visit and for how long. It is unclear if she too was kept in the dark about Salazar's status as ex-leader (the political elite were too afraid to tell him that he had been replaced, and apparently he died in 1970 believing he was still in charge). Another of Salazar's apparent conquests was the French journalist, Christine Garnier, who stayed with him at his official residence whilst writing a book about him (called Férias com Salazar - Holidays with Salazar). It is clear that Salazar did enjoy female company, although not enough to trust them with the vote. You see, under Salazarism, Portuguese women were supposed to marry young, stay at home, have babies, look after the children and their husbands and keep the house clean. Now, take another look at the statue, and see the exaggerated child-bearing hips. Now compare the fascist-era statue with the more recent one! I know which I prefer!

Strolling through Campo Grande

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Jude Marion30-Jan-2005 06:51
Interesting sculpture to have as 'public art'
Much more sensual or suggestive than anything that would be displayed here in front of a library ...
It's quite pretty ...!
Guest 28-Jan-2005 23:35
Esta està mesmo boa Stu.
Cheryl Hawkins27-Jan-2005 23:31
Is she straddling a tree? To me it looks very much in the art deco style, so I see it as more of a stylized image than an idealized one. The guy was still weird though!
Guest 27-Jan-2005 22:20
Yeah I was also wondering what that was between her legs!!
Dominic Kite27-Jan-2005 13:52
She's got her knockers though (sorry - someone had to do it).
nomadicdragon27-Jan-2005 01:41
great shot.
bruce berrien27-Jan-2005 00:47
Lessons in sculpture. I think she's rather attractive, but what's that she's got between her legs?
Coleen Perilloux Landry27-Jan-2005 00:00
I won't get on my soapbox, but I like this one.
Zak26-Jan-2005 23:16
very arty! ;-)
Pedro Libório26-Jan-2005 23:11
belíssima foto meu caro!!!
Pois é o Benfica lá me conseguiu dar uma alegria esta época :-) !!!!
vou tratar umas fotos do Lucas que tenho de imprimir amanhã que estou em falta com a Helena e depois vou dormir.
Um abraço meu caro.
jypsee26-Jan-2005 22:56
Well....I like the statue that you see as pre-feminist a whole lot more than the other goofy looking one...which looks like some guy's idea of having it all...
Ian Clowes26-Jan-2005 22:32
interesting discussion topic... but I think I'd better resist the temptation to comment :)