On March 8 in Madrid there have been two different marches to mobilize on International Women’s Day, and in both there were songs of all kinds. The reason for the division have been regulations such as the trans law or the ‘only yes is yes’ law, the latter becoming a true schism in the coalition government.
Thus, in the one organized by the 8M Commission Slogans were sung such as “with Carmen Calvo we are not safe”, in reference to the former Vice President of the Government, who was not in Madrid. On the other hand, the proclamations have been some such as “releasing rapists is not equality” or “my body is not for sale, my womb is not for rent.”
“Hormones solve nothing”, was another of the phrases that were pronounced, as well as “being a woman is not a feeling”. In the list of abolitionist slogans, cries of “whorehouse, paying you are also violating” were heard. And it is that in that march they repeated, at the same time, slogans such as: “Women are not merchandise”, “Abolition of prostitution” or “No woman is born to be a whore”.
Another of the scenes in one of the marches occurred when several secular women, but who have grown up in Islamic contexts, have remembered women in countries like Afghanistan and have symbolically burned veils at the head. “Taliban, bastard, the veil is oppression”they proclaimed.
These have been the phrases of the march called by the 8M Commission:
- “With Carmen Calvo we are not safe”
- “Taliban, bastard, the veil is oppression”
- “The rapist is you”
Meanwhile, in the one organized by the Feminist Movement of Madrid:
- “Releasing rapists is not equality”
- “My body is not for sale, my belly is not for rent”
- “Hormones do not solve anything”
- “Women don’t have penises”