National Geographic : 2011 Sep
LUCIMAR LYRA AGUIAR, 44, WATCHES FOUR SOAP OPERAS EVERY DAY. MARIA DE FÁTIMA ABREU 18, AND EIGHT MONTHS PREGNANT WATCHES A 7 P.M. NOVELA WITH HER SISTER IN LAW AND TWO KIDS. the scripts didn't intentionally encourage low fertility. Rather, early novela writers sought to subtly undermine the dictatorship that ran Brazil until 1985, using story lines that critiqued traditional values and empowered women.