T2M International Association for the History of Transport, Traffic and Mobility, 14th T2M Annual Conference 2016 - Mobilities: Space of Flows and Friction

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Out of place: women experiences in public spaces of mobility in Buenos Aires
Dhan Zunino Singh

Last modified: 2016-10-06


The gender perspective and, even more, the passenger as sexualized bodily subjectivity, has reminded unexplored in studies on Buenos Aires transport and history as much as mobility has not been a subject in gender history. In this context, the paper explores the experiences of women in Buenos Aires public transport over the first decades of the 20th century; a period in which the city expanded, population increase rapidly, means of transported multiplied and modernized, and women began to use and occupy the public space massively and travel daily. The paper also depicts how women were represented through discourses and images in mass media, advertising, literature and films in order to understand what new experiences the female passenger triggered in a space largely dominated by men. Most of those representations expressed male anxieties, desires and perceptions but the paper also explores through those materials what women used to say about their own experiences as passengers.

The experience of women travelling everyday in that modern metropolis has not been smoothly, although could have signified a space of freedom. Women have tended to be seen as a sexualized object and abuse or harassment has been a common experience.

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