Women face jail for marching with massive vagina

A group of feminists could be facing jail time and a hefty fine for parading a huge plastic vagina in the streets of a Spanish city during a procession.

Three women have been accused of hate crimes after they led a parade flaunting the giant pink latex vagina through the streets of the Andalusian capital of Seville, on May 1, 2014. They have been accused of mocking the city’s world famous Holy Week Easter processions, after activists carried the two-metre tall vagina on a plinth ‘in the style of the Virgin Mary’, said court documents. Around 12 activists were seen dressed as ‘penitents’ with their heads covered with black veils as they marched with candles. But the feminist group, called the ‘Sisterhood of the blessed rebellious vagina’, said they were marching to raise awareness of female discrimination in the workplace. Lawyers claim the women committed ‘religious hate crimes’ and argued they were attacking Catholic religious symbols.

Seville’s Holy Week processions are world famous and incredibly important to Catholics around the world, who are leading the case against the activists, claim they acted with ‘ideological hatred’, heard the Criminal Court of Sevilla last week. If found guilty, the women could be jailed for up to a year and fined 3,600 euros (£3,231) each. The women argued it was their right to freedom of expression, with one of the activists, Antonia Ávalos, highlighting the support the #MeToo movement has received from Spanish feminist organisations. Ms Ávalos said all the activists wanted to do was reclaim women’s rights, when they marched on Spain’s national Worker’s Day – an annual protest organised by union the General Workers’ Confederation.

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