Spain's 'macho' Eurovision song is condemned
28 April 2005, MADRID-Despite proposed changes in the law to force men to play a part in housework, Spain's macho culture appears to be alive and well after a row over the lyrics for the country's Eurovision entry.
28 April 2005
MADRID-Despite proposed changes in the law to force men to play a part in housework, Spain's macho culture appears to be alive and well after a row over the lyrics for the country's Eurovision entry.
The state-owned broadcaster TVE refuses to change the words to Witchcraft, the song which will be used to represent Spain at Eurovision 2005, despite complaints from feminist groups.
Sung by female singers in the Seville-based group 'Son de Sol' (We are from the sun), it will be Spain's entry on 21 May in Kiev, written by Alfredo Panebianco.
The words read: 'You dominate over me only by watching me/ and there is no need of a string to tie me up/I´m a beast, that, though the bars open me/ I never escape of the cage because of love.'
But the Organisation of Feminists Against Domestic Violence condemned the wording of the song as portraying women as "subordinate and dominated".
In a statement, the group added: "It is an attack on the dignity of women because it says the type of woman which it betrays does not deserve respect in today's society."
The group says the song contravenes guidelines to TVE journalists issued in November 2002 over covering stories involving domestic violence which say "stereotypes should be avoided".
But a TVE spokesman said the channel had not received any complaint from the women's group and, as such, declined to comment on the issue.
Recent legislation introduced by Spain's Socialist government has sought to force Spanish men to do more work in the home as surveys found women still did most of the chores.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news