One year after “A rapist your way”, the revolution of Las Tesis is more urgent than ever
The performance “A rapist your way” saw the streets for the first time on November 25, 2019, in commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Since then, the song has been translated into dozens of languages, and the performance reunitedr thousands of people from all over the world.
The experimental theater group Las Tesis, originally from Valparaíso, Chile, and formed by Paula Cometa, Daffne Valdés, Sibila Sotomayor and Lea Cáceres, is now one of the most influential people around the world, and its message is ringing louder than ever.
“We never sought any sort of massification or recognition,” Sotomayor told the newspaper. Milenio, noting that their goal has always been to “disseminate feminist theory to as many people as possible”.
A year later, it is clear that their goal has exceeded the mark.
On November 25, thousands of women gathered this time in one of the largest squares in Santiago recreate once again the performance “A Rapist in Your Way” to mark the meeting against gender violence.
As reported by France 24, four members of Las Tesis led the performance. Crowds were only able to finish the show once before police deployed a water cannon to disperse protesters from Plaza Italia in downtown Santiago.
Earlier Wednesday, women’s groups protested in Santiago demanding an end to male violence. Barricades were set on fire and a store was looted.
What has emerged as a small staging is now the default global feminist anthem, amid a new feminist wave that seems to be taking no respite.
Amid a pandemic that has shown the extent of domestic violence and amid a steadily rising number of femicides around the world, Las Tesis’ voice is more urgent than ever.
As reported on November 25 by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), at least 4,640 women were victims of femicide in Latin America in 2019, which implies an increase of 31.5%.
The countries with the highest rates of femicides per 100,000 women are Honduras (6.2), El Salvador (3.3) and the Dominican Republic (2.7). However, in absolute value, these are Brazil (1941) and Mexico (983) depending on the institution.
“The performance of the Chilean feminist collective today shows how popular art can change the world, not entertain,” said Russian Nadia Tolokonnikova, member of the group Pussy Riot, with whom they collaborated in May this year at the creation of the Manifesto. Against police violence.
“The viralization of the intervention revealed that patriarchy and gender-based violence are a global problem and therefore solutions must also be global,” the port city group said to Efe in a telephone statement.
“If we don’t care about ourselves, no one else will. It is important to stay together, in communication, in dialogue, to make the resistance and the social changes that we need ”, they added.