Revolutionary Betty -- a Recipe for Colombian Feminism
Abigail V. Swetz
Dr. Marc Becker, Faculty Mentor
Three years ago, the people of Colombia saw a cultural phenomenon break loose in the form of a television drama -- a soap opera which told the story of an intelligent, successful businesswoman ... who was ugly. Seventy percent of the population tuned in every night, creating veritable ghost towns of the capital Bogota during the hour the show aired. I believe revolution is born in the “discussion” for discussion provides the impetus for social change; the performing arts have a rich revolutionary history with such notable figures as Henrik Ibsen and Augusto Boal. And possibly an ugly woman named Betty. I propose an investigation into the manner in which Ugly Betty fulfills the recipe for Latin American Feminism, a model which I have created through an analysis of other Latin American feminist and revolutionary movements.
Keywords: Latin America, feminism, revolution
Presentation Type: Oral Paper
Location: VH 1232