At least for now, retro-macho politics is on the rise in Brazil, as both the policies of the Temer government and Congressman Bolsonaro’s electoral prospects clearly demonstrate. Much like with Trump’s presidential campaign, Brazilians tend to react to a potential Bolsonaro presidency with a mix of horror and amusement, even as polls show Bolsonaro pulling ahead of other contenders, including President Temer. With the election not until October 2018, it could be a while before we know whether the revival of retro-macho politics signals a return to a patriarchy-dominated society or the last gasp of a dying order.


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