Three women are to be put on trial for parading a giant vagina
Thanks to an intervention by Spain’s Association of Christian Lawyers (ACL), three women who paraded a giant vagina through the streets of Seville in 2014 could be convicted for a ‘religious hate crime’.
According to this report, at their first trial a judge acquitted the three, saying they had legitimately exercised freedom of expression.
This so incensed the ACL that they appealed the verdict. As a result, the ruling was overturned by another judged who found that there was evidence that the women had deliberately set out to insult the “religious sentiments of Catholics” by making “a mockery of the Easter parades”.
The accused carried the giant plastic vagina as part of a feminist protest mimicking the Easter processions. In the May Day protest, organisers appealed for support for the protest on social media and took to the streets wearing hoods as they carried the vagina on a plinth in the manner of penitents who solemnly parade religious statues through the streets at Easter.
The group called themselves the “Hermandad del Sagrado Coño Insumiso”, or the “Brotherhood of the Blessed Rebellious Vagina”.
The protest was designed to highlight issues of discrimination against women in the workplace as part of the national Workers’ Day march in Seville by the Spanish union the General Workers’ Confederation (CGT).
If found guilty the women face a fine and a prison sentence of up to 18 month, although in Spain a jail sentence of up to two years for a first offender is likely to be suspended.
Hat tip: BarrieJohn