This thesis has explored gendered imageries in the world of bullfighting in Andalusia, Spain. The motive for choosing this theme was instigated by Sarah Pink s book: "Woman and bullfighting." Pink examines the discourse about female bullfighters in Spain. She concludes that there is socio-cultural room for female bullfighters. Her study rests centrally on discourse about the female bullfighter Christina Sanchez. At the time of Pink s writing. Christina Sanchez was a rising star in Spanish bullfighting.
My attention was drawn to this subject when I discovered that Christina Sanchez in 1998, only a year after Pink s book was published, abandoned her bullfighter career. Sanchez claims that she gave up bullfighting due to the sexist resistance she received from her male colleagues. I was intrigued by questions like: "Is bullfighting only about masculinity? And is there really room for woman in the bullfighter profession?"
I have paid special attention to the imageries held by male bullfighters. Their imagery of: Themselves, the bull, of woman in general and of female bullfighters. Since Christina Sanchez claimed that it was the male bullfighters that forced her to retire, I found that their conception of male and female was particularly interesting.
I found that men and woman are perceived of as being inherently and constitutively very different. The values associated with men and woman are opposed and complimentary. This implies a particularistic moral order where men and woman must act in very different manners to comply with the norms. The female bullfighters ruptures this moral order by not complying with the values associated with woman. She becomes an anomaly in Mary Douglas understanding. She is a threat to the established worldview. By being able to fight bulls just as well as a man, she threatens the archetype of Andalusian masculinity: The bullfighter. And that is exactly why they are opposed to female bullfighters in their profession. She is a danger to the whole moral-order which is largely built on the understanding that men are men and women are women and they can not be compared on equal terms, because the same attributes are given different meanings according to gender.