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Locks of Hair/Locks of Shame?

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This chapter examines the repressive strategies of the Spanish dictatorship against women. It analyzes the meaning and purpose of the nationalization and repression of women in the Francoist state, especially at times of instability, by offering a socio-historical overview of the different methods of repression against women. Furthermore, the chapter also focuses on their relevance in the present day by means of the exploration of the chapter's central issue in two short films: Pelonas and A golpe de tacón in order to illustrate the importance of remembering these marginal/subaltern experiences of exclusion. It explores how dissident/ excluded women coped with the punitive politics of the regime and in which ways they rebelled against it in order to maintain a sense of identity that Francisco Franco's dictatorship wanted to erase and which has survived, strongly, to this day.

Keywords: A golpe de tacón; dissident women; Francisco Franco's dictatorship; Pelonas; punitive politics



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