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Spain denounces with one voice the sexist insults of a group of students



The thirty-second video that went viral and the voice of the student hurling these insults, before being encouraged by dozens of others uttering animal cries in chorus, have been on a loop since Thursday on television channels.

“P…., come out of your burrows like rabbits, you are p…. nymphos, I promise you all of you will (get) b…… Go Ahuja,” he says, referring to the Elias Ahuja boys’ halls of residence, from where these insults are hurled in the middle of the night.

Trivialization of “rape culture”

Since its publication, overnight from Wednesday to Thursday on social networks, this video has provoked unanimous condemnation from the political class.

Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and his ministers were indignant at “this macho behavior” and denounced the trivialization of “the culture of rape” that these insults represented, according to them.

On the right, Alberto Núñez Feijóo, the leader of the Popular Party (PP), the main right-wing opposition formation, considered “inadmissible” the attitude of these students who, “instead of telling the girls to get out of their burrow, would do better to get out of their cave. Justice has taken up the case, the prosecution announcing, on Friday, the opening of an investigation into these “macho cries and hymns”.

“These facts are very serious, they are verbal violence and gender violence,” Justice Minister Pilar Llop insisted on Friday on Catalunya Radio.

Professor of sociology at the Complutense University of Madrid, on whose campus this residence is located, Aina López Yáñez believes that this case “is very enlightening” because it shows “that there is a consensus in public opinion on the denunciation of these behaviors”.

Even if she recognizes that it has also taken on such a scale because “we are in the electoral campaign”, just over a year from the legislative elections at the end of 2023, “and machismo and the culture of patriarchy are themes important for certain political groups” on the left.

Since a pioneering law of 2004 which notably introduced gender difference as an aggravating circumstance of violence, Spain has been a reference in the field of the fight against sexual violence.

“Tradition between student residences”

Chance of the Calendar, a flagship government law introducing the requirement of explicit consent in sexual relations, came into force on Friday. Baptized “only a yes is a yes”, this text is a response to a gang rape which had traumatized the country in 2016.

Even the far-right Vox party, which is calling for the repeal of laws on gender-based violence, also “condemned” the facts on Friday, through the voice of one of its highest officials, Javier Ortega-Smith, who, however, assured that these young people had “no intention of hurting”.

On the university campus, voices have been raised to relativize the behavior of students. Students from the Santa Monica girls’ residence, to whom the insults were intended, published a press release to proclaim their “support” for the boys of “Elias Ahuja”. They explain that it is a “tradition between student residences” and whitewash their comrades by affirming that “none of them intended to hold a misogynistic discourse and even less to denigrate us in as women”.

An argument swept away by the Minister of Justice, according to which “aberrant traditions perpetuating inequalities no longer have a place in the 21st century”.

For Aina López Yáñez, the excuse of tradition no longer holds because “society has realized that all this would only be a good joke if in real life there was no harassment, no discrimination against women , no rape, no women who die under the blows of their spouse”.



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