Row over 'obscene postures' in Easter parade

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22 March 2007, CORDOBA – Two women have been banned from taking part in the traditional Easter procession because they might strike up ‘obscene poses’

22 March 2007

CORDOBA – Two women have been banned from taking part in the traditional Easter procession because they might strike up ‘obscene poses’

The Brotherhood of Our Lady of Dolores traditionally carries an image of Christ through the streets at Easter which is supported by about 20 people underneath.

They have to huddle together and are usually very closely packed.

But the brotherhood said it felt two women could not take part as there were “postures which mean they have to get very close (to the men) and seen from outside could say they were obscene postures”.

The Bishop of Cordoba has backed the ban and said it was not right men and women should share the space underneath because of the “uncomfortable situations” it could produce.

But the move has sparked a row, with the government’s equality secretary, Maribel Montaño,  said the ban represented a clear case of discrimination.

She said it broke the recently passed Law of Equality.

"There is no objective motive to defend this discrimination, she added.

She also attacked the stance of the bishop, saying it did not seem the moment to think what would might be in the minds of men or women whose only interest is to do what they want without discrimination.

The male members of the brotherhood have supported the two women who were banned.

Pedro Soldado, of the diocese of Brotherhoods of Cordoba, said there was not an explicit ban but the participation of women “seemed out of place”.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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