The openly sexist presidential candidate has faced an extraordinary backlash. So why do many women support him?
They are not victims, and they dont need anyones sympathy. They have no time for whiny feminists and no need for the government to guarantee equal pay.
They earned what theyve achieved, often juggling a professional life with running a home and raising a family. And they want the right to bear arms to protect themselves and their loved ones.
They are the anti-feminist women backing the far-right, the former paratrooper Jair Bolsonaro in Brazils upcoming presidential runoff election a man who has been repeatedly accused of misogyny and racism.
I really dont see any reason for feminism today men and women are equal in Brazil, said Ana de Moraes, 56, a retired lawyer who intends to vote for Bolsonaro on 28 October. These feminist women screaming and taking off their clothes its very backwards. Bolsonaro isnt taking any rights away from women.
Over the course of a 30-year political career, Bolsonaro has earned notoriety from his sexist remarks, once telling a fellow lawmaker she didnt even deserve being raped and more recently saying he wouldnt pay women the same salary as men.
In 2013, he called the secretary of womens policy a big dyke. During the impeachment of the countrys first female president, he dedicated his vote to the dictatorship colonel who had overseen her torture.
Such language made him a hate figure for many, and fuelled a high rejection rate among women: even as Bolsonaro pulled ahead in the polls, 50% of female voters said they would never back him.
Many pollsters had presumed that Bolsonaros misogyny had created a natural limit to his share of the womens vote, but in the final stages of the campaign, that expectation has shattered.
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