Posing ministers prompt political storm

20th August 2004, Comments 0 comments

20 August 2004, MADRID — A glossy magazine photo shoot involving the eight women ministers in the Socialist (PSOE) government has sparked a political storm in Spain.

20 August 2004

MADRID — A glossy magazine photo shoot involving the eight women ministers in the Socialist (PSOE) government has sparked a political storm in Spain.

The main opposition Partido Popular (PP) says it may call for the eight to explain their behaviour to parliament while the Communist-led Izquierda Unida (IU) alliance said it found the pictures “inappropriate”.

PP spokeswoman Ana Torme said the ministers should tell congress why they acted so “frivolously”, wearing designer clothes that were beyond the pocket of most people.

The report published in the latest issue of Vogue, showing the women posing in the gardens of the prime minister’s residence in Madrid, demonstrates “the true aspect of the PSOE, and how they have distanced themselves from society,” she said.

Reyes Montiel, a spokeswoman for IU, described the photo session as a “private parade of models” which “offered a distorted image of modern woman”.

One of the most scathing attacks came from a former Socialist minister, Cristina Alberdi. The article was “deplorable” she said. I don’t think they realize the damage they have done to the image of women”.

“This only serves to reinforce the worst stereotypes – and it is being done by a Socialist government,” she added.

Development Miinister, Magdalena Alvarez, defended the appearance of the eight in the magazine article as “calling attention to the first time in the history of Spain” that there had been so many women in government.

It represented “another step towards equality” and also contributed to “improving the self-esteem of women”.

Culture Minister, Carmen Calvo, saw it as “an historic photograph session”, demonstrating women sharing power with men. The pictures were “elegant and austere”, she added.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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