In Brazil, where women in skimpy bikinis and carnival costumes are a common sight, one image of a half-naked female is drawing rare nationwide attention.
A widely distributed photo of a topless journalist with the words “I don’t deserve to be raped” painted on her body in Portuguese has polarized the country and underscored the contradiction between Brazil’s hyper-sexualized image and its lesser-known conservative underpinnings.
The journalist, 28-year-old Nana Queiroz, took the picture as part of a campaign to raise awareness over violence against women, which began after a government research agency said recently that 65% of respondents to a national survey agreed that women showing too much of their bodies deserve to be attacked.
On Friday, the Institute for Applied Economic Research said it was mistaken and that the true number was actually 26%.
Still, the picture, taken in front of the Congress building in the capital Brasília, has caused a sensation. The campaign’s Facebook page gained over 60,000 followers and Ms. Queiroz has become a national television sensation.
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