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Being La DominicanaRace and Identity in the Visual Culture of Santo Domingo$
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Rachel Afi Quinn

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9780252043819

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: January 2022

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252043819.001.0001

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Feminist Rage and the Right to Life for Women in the Dominican Republic

Feminist Rage and the Right to Life for Women in the Dominican Republic

(p.175) 6 Feminist Rage and the Right to Life for Women in the Dominican Republic
Being La Dominicana

Rachel Afi Quinn

University of Illinois Press

Memories of the Mirabal sisters’ murder in 1960 and a significant amount of United Nations resources (since the 1980s) have served to bolster a longstanding Dominican feminist movement, yet an epidemic of femicides in the country continues. Highlighting surrealist notions of ambiguity, the femme-enfant, morbidity, and rage, this concluding chapter asserts that for Dominican women and girls their ambiguities of identity play into structures of power that sustain widespread gender-based violence. This chapter argues that the border between girlhood and womanhood further contributes to their precarity as lives devalued under neoliberalism. The chapter examines the narrative of Minerva Mirabal in a contemporary film, controversially portrayed by queer Dominican American actress Michelle Rodriguez, alongside two recent deaths of pregnant teenage girls also vulnerable to patriarchal violence.

Keywords:   Mirabal sisters, Rage, Abortion, Femicide, United Nations, Girlhood, Surrealism, Feminist, gender-based violence, queer, patriarchy

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