oa African Yearbook of Rhetoric - La retórica de Fidel Castro por la lucha de la igualdad de la mujer

Volume 4, Issue 2_3
  • ISSN : 2220-2188
  • E-ISSN: 2305-7785



Fidel Castro's speeches define him as an orator and his audience as audience. One case in point is how he constructed a narrative about the identity of women in the Cuban Revolution, in his closing speech at the Second Congress of the Cuban Women Federation, on November 29 1974, a few days before the institution of the United Nations' International Women Year (1975) and at the time of the proclamation of the Cuban Family Code (1975) intended to give equal rights between men and women. Naming the "difference" constitutes a symbolic place of high ideological value that, on one side, contests the biological tradition cognate to Socialism and, on the other, exposes the ideological commonplaces of an androcentric and bourgeois position. Both argumentative representations show the difficulty of the orator to assume a conclusive position on the equality of women, oriented by revolutionary value and interest.

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