Sex and Dictatorship


The series “Sex and Dictatorship” aims to investigate how, for two decades, the military regime that governed the country took into account that sex, expressed in behavior, communication and the arts, was immoral and political. Immoral, because it undermined the Christian family structure, and political, because the dictatorship considered that sex weakened the mind and favored the advancement of the communist threat. Thus, before being immoral, sex was a political problem. The moralizing crusade of the military regime would result in one of the greatest contradictions experienced by Brazilian society in recent history.

In the late 1960s and throughout virtually every subsequent decade, as the birth control pill and counterculture brought about sexual revolution worldwide, times of female orgasm and divorce, Brazil receded with previous censorship in film and TV, arrests and seizures of books and magazines with themes related to sex. The dictatorship claimed that the sex industry, whether in the form of a magazine, film, book or comic, consisted of a manipulation to undermine the structure of the Christian family, at a time when 95% of the country’s population was Catholic.

It is a project of historical relevance, on how society has transformed itself during these tough years, fighting a dictatorship, whose atrocities need to be investigated and acknowledged today.