From ‘Me Too’ to ‘solely sure is sure’, the 5 years which have divided feminism earlier than 8-M

For the second consecutive 12 months, two completely different demonstrations will tour Madrid in 8-M as a result of inside divisions inside the feminist motion. To the disputes over the trans legislation and the “erasure of girls” this 12 months is added the legislation of ‘solely sure is sure’ , a “botch” for dissident feminists The tensions between the feminist factions have their political equivalence within the authorities companions, confronted by the most recent Equality legal guidelines

What has occurred to Spanish feminism since March 8, 2018, the date on which it reached its zenith, its most convening energy? It is true that at the moment he had a number of elements in his favor, akin to the worldwide rise of Me Too or the social rejection of the misdeeds of La Manada.

That 12 months the decision -seconded by a girls’s strike- was a hit. The feminist motion was now not a minority motion, however a mass phenomenon. Issues of sexual consent or the wage hole have been positioned on the agenda. In gatherings, phrases akin to sorority or empowerment are heard. The motto of that 12 months was Together we’re More.

Five years later that motto looks as if a nasty joke. The purple colour has misplaced tone. Never has the feminist motion been so divided. Along the best way, the joint declare has remained, the all to 1. This 2023, like final 12 months, there will likely be two 8-M marches in Madrid. The hole has not stopped widening.

March of the Feminist Movement in Madrid on November 25EP

The dissident march

This identical week the so-called Feminist Movement of Madrid referred to as its personal march, unrelated to the bulk, that of the 8M Commission. But, not like final 12 months, he added gunpowder to his name by asking for the resignation of Irene Montero for “the horrible administration of the equality insurance policies of his Ministry.” They even requested the disapproval of the President of the Government.

They imagine that these are precedence points within the face of the queer agenda that the ministry of Irene Montero has been selling in latest instances. The trans legislation and her “erasure of girls” precipitated her departure from the 8M Commission final 12 months. And that fracture has solely grown. One of the spokespersons for the Feminist Movement in Madrid graphically warned this week: “With the trans legislation it might probably occur as in Scotland and that society doesn’t perceive why a rapist can go to a girls’s jail only for having self-determined as a girl.”

Faced with these criticisms, the 8M Commission defends itself. “There is not only one feminism, however quite quite a bit,” their spokespersons clarify, recalling that inside their very own bosom there are “many positions represented”, for instance, in relation to prostitution.

Isabel Rodríguez, Nadia Calviño and Reyes Maroto, in a feminist protest on November 25EP

political interference

Pointing on to Irene Montero is the most recent consequence of the political contamination that the feminist motion has suffered for the reason that success of 2018. For many, the interference of the events is the most cancers of Spanish feminism. PSOE and Podemos, authorities companions, have clashed repeatedly over the ‘solely sure is sure’ legislation. Podemos’s refusal to amend it has led to cross accusations between Montero and different members of the Government, such because the Minister of Justice, Pilar Llop.

It is a political fracture that had been introduced for the reason that time of Pablo Iglesias. The former chief of Podemos referred to as Llop’s predecessor, Juan Carlos Campo, a “repressed macho.” But the political surroundings has modified quite a bit since 2018. Vox was not in Congress then. Now it has 52 deputies. In flip, Podemos has gone from 5 million votes to lower than half. The positions have been radicalized. Even Ciudadanos needed to abandon 8M as a result of hostility of some protesters.

We can vote in opposition to the PSOE

Not even the ratification of the abortion legislation by the Constitutional Court has given a minimal truce. This Tuesday Podemos will vote in opposition to the processing of the reform of the ‘solely sure is sure’ legislation promoted by the PSOE. After virtually three months of negotiations, the 2 authorities companions haven’t been in a position to conform to reform the rule. The Socialists stay of their proposal to incorporate violence as an aggravating consider sexual assault, whereas Equality warns that this case is a “return to the earlier Penal Code.”

In favor of the socialist reform they’ll vote on Tuesday PP, Vox and Ciudadanos (maybe additionally different companions akin to PNV), in accordance with Susana Camacho. That assist from the appropriate en bloc portrays the PSOE on the eve of 8M. In a final try to avoid wasting the furnishings, Pedro Sánchez insisted this Saturday that there’s extra that unites them with Podemos than what separates them (and by the way introduced a brand new parity legislation). But two Podemos ministers replied instantly: Irene Montero insisted that in an effort to obtain parity within the administrations it’s needed that “feminists fill the establishments.” Ione Belarra reminded the president that each one the “feminist advances” within the Government have been because of Podemos.

the 2 marches

The 8-M appointment locations the federal government with probably the most feminine ministers in historical past (and the “most feminist”, in accordance with its self-definition) in a troublesome place. Which of the 2 will you go to? Both are vital of the PSOE or the socialist a part of the Government.

The demonstration reported by the 8M Commission will begin at 7:00 p.m. from Paseo del Prado (on the junction with Calle Juan de Mena and the Naval Museum), will cross Plaza de Cibeles and proceed alongside Calle de Alcalá and the Gran Vía to Plaza de España.

The one registered by the Feminist Movement of Madrid will start at 6:30 p.m. within the Plaza del Emperador Carlos V (Glorieta de Atocha) –directing the queue in direction of the Ronda de Atocha and the Paseo de Santa María de la Cabeza–, and can run by way of Atocha road to complete within the squares of the Province and Santa Cruz.