Gendered Patterns of Contestation to Women’s and Gender Rights in Latin America: Trans Rights in Brazil as an Exemplary Case

This paper sheds light onto the ways in which the discourse on struggles over transgender rights in Brazil functions as an exemplary case, that substantiates and allows to understand the issues at stake in the global contestations of women’s and gender rights more broadly. This paper carves out a set of “patterns of gendering” that can currently be observed in right-wing populist discourse. These include the “ethno-sexist” projection of sexism and homophobia onto Others, femonationalist alliances of women & feminists with right-wing projects, or the opposition to “gender ideology”, that, perceived as “ideological colonization”, is presented as an “existential threat” to the nuclear, heteronormative family and the (homogenous) nation. Producing a number of “dynamic paradoxes” that are constitutive for the new right, these patterns demonstrate how gender & sexuality function as a lens, an affective bridge, and an arena in the current of struggles over hegemony in neoliberal settings.