'Macho' remarks provoke parliamentary walk-out

16th March 2006, Comments 0 comments

16 March 2006, MADRID — Female deputies briefly staged a walk-out of the Spanish parliament in protest over 'macho' remarks by an opposition spokesman about the dressing habits of the deputy prime minister.

16 March 2006

MADRID — Female deputies briefly staged a walk-out of the Spanish parliament in protest over 'macho' remarks by an opposition spokesman about the dressing habits of the deputy prime minister.

Eduardo Zaplana, spokesman for the centre-right Popular Party, or PP, said to Maria Teresa Fernandez de la Vega: "How much the Chamber would benefit if you, who are so fond of dressing up from time to time, one day - even if it were only for one day - would dress like a deputy prime minister and do your duty."

Zaplana was referring to the photographs published in Spain of Fernandez de la Vega dressed in traditional Mozambican garments during a recent official visit to the African nation.

Fernandez de la Vega responded that she preferred the photos of her in the traditional dress of Mozambican women to one taken in the Azores in 2003 in which then-prime minister and leader of the PP, Jose Maria Aznar, posed with George W. Bush and British prime minister Tony Blair shortly before the invasion of Iraq.

Zaplana repeated his remark in his response to Fernandez de la Vega, whereupon she retorted in a tone reflecting her discomfort that she did not know if his words were due to ignorance, bad faith or "detestable machismo".

Female deputies from the Socialist and the United Left party left the chamber for a brief protest.

"I think that it's all three things and, therefore, I'll stick with the foreign policy of making Africa and its women a priority rather than the foreign policy of taking us into an immoral and unjust war," Fernandez de la Vega said.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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