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Speaker Series: Eva Anduiza @ Room C-2059, Lionel Groulx Building, Université de Montréal
May 10 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Speaker Series: Eva Anduiza @ Room C-2059, Lionel Groulx Building, Université de Montréal | Montréal | Québec | Canada

The Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship presents:

Eva Anduiza (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)

“I am not a feminist but…” Women’s protests and gender attitudes in Spain

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Where and When: Friday, May 10, 2019 from 3:00 to 5:00pm. Room C-2059, Lionel Groulx Building, Université de Montréal.

AbstractIn 2018 Spanish politics were shaken by the sudden and intense mobilization of women. The protests started in April following the announcement that five men had been absolved of sexual aggression for the gang rape of a teenager in the 2016 San Fermines bull festival, and had been found guilty only of the lesser offence of sexual abuse. On the 8th of March thousands of women took to the streets in over 120 Spanish cities against gender inequality, discrimination and sexual violence.

Social media campaigns reporting sexual harassment and abuse such as #metoo (in Spain #yotambien) had already been going on months before and continued after (#cuentalo). Political parties reacted to this issue sometimes highlighting their pre-existing feminist policy background (PSOE), discourses (Podemos), trying to incorporate a feminist touch (not always successfully) or strengthening their more conservative positions.

In this paper I want to analyze the individual consequences of these events in attitudes towards gender equality and feminist identities. Have these feminist protest events made citizens more likely to consider themselves as feminist and to support gender equality? Have they elicited a backlash reaction towards more anti-feminist positions? What is the role played by attitudinal priors, social media and celebrities that have engaged in these issues? These questions will be addressed using panel data from Spain.

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This series is sponsored by the Inter-university Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship, which is funded by the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture (FRQSC).