In the 1970s, young opponents to the military dictatorship in Argentina began to appropriate earlier heroes and transform them into contemporary symbols of resistance. One of the key figures transformed by this process was Eva Perón, who, in her last years, began to present herself as more austere and revolutionary. As an homage to this process, young people began to create new slogans that began “Si Evita viviera” and ended with claims such as “she would be a revolutionary,” a piquetera, a lesbian, and a Montonera (Peronist revolutionary), among others. From that time onward, the image and imaginary of Eva has expanded, almost to the point that no boundaries can contain her. Officially her head now appears on the Argentine 100-peso note, coiffed in her revolutionary hairdo; on the back of the note is a statue of a mother with two...

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